Practitioner Enquiry? Oh, you mean action research?

Our Lead Practitioner @joleavercole ‘s group of Researching Teachers was made up of teachers involved in her Excellent Teaching Programme, which uses action research and coaching to improve classroom practice.  I had suggested that the group should be called “Practitioner Enquiry”. but this was meaningless to teachers, whereas they valued and understood the concept of “action research”. Miss B had a clear plan for her action research. Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 16.30.00   Her methodology was well thought out and she shared her results with her group and used her findings to change practice across KS3 RE – her leadership role.

Dylan William would describe this as practitioner enquiry rather than action research.  What further information/investigation would qualify this work as research? Do we blur the lines too much when we research as part of our practice? However, if research is more pure and conducted across large populations by experts, as happened when the school was part of a randomised control trial with the EEF, are the findings as useful for our practice?

Practitioner Enquiry? Oh, you mean action research?