Irresistible Learning makes the short list!

I’m delighted to announce that Irresistible Learning: Embedding a culture of research in schools has made the shortlist of Learning Ladders’ ‘Best Books for Educators Summer 2021’ awards.  I was shortlisted alongside 40 other books from a longlist of over 100 entries for our dedication to enriching the lives of educators with our writing.  TheContinue reading “Irresistible Learning makes the short list!”

Step 8 – adapt or affirm

Research in schools empowers you to develop practice that can impact positively on your organisation. Whether you are part of the curriculum team working directly with students or the business teams working across a school or trust, research is affirming and can exemplify the effectiveness of new practice. Research can challenge existing practice and moveContinue reading “Step 8 – adapt or affirm”

Step 6 – analyse the findings

Now you have gathered a rich array of data at step 5 of the Research Cycle, it is time to set to the task of analysing the findings. It is likely that you will have collected a wealth of raw data using your chosen research methodology. If you have used a range of research methodologies,Continue reading “Step 6 – analyse the findings”

Step 5 – select the methodology

By step 5 of the Research Cycle, you have considered and refined your research question, building a broadening understanding of your research issue. It is now time to think about the most helpful research methodology to answer your research question. You need to develop an awareness of the range of research methods available to youContinue reading “Step 5 – select the methodology”

Step 4 – refine the question

In step 4 of the Research Cycle, you are encouraged to bring your knowledge of what is already known about your research issue to look afresh at the research question formed in step 1 of the Research Cycle. At this step in your research, you have defined an issue, built a research question then spentContinue reading “Step 4 – refine the question”

Step 1 – Define the issue

In the cacophony of our daily lives in school, there is often a great deal of distracting noise. Not simply from the students we teach but from the myriad of unresolved tasks that fill our minds. In order to take the first step on the research journey, we must try our hardest to reduce thisContinue reading “Step 1 – Define the issue”

Step 3 – Review what is known

Once you have defined your research question, it is time to move on to discover what is already known in this area. Research comes more naturally to teachers in their early careers as they return to practice learnt while at university. For many school staff, however, this may not be a natural step, and someContinue reading “Step 3 – Review what is known”

Research methods – the gingerbread man

The gingerbread man method uses the image of a gingerbread man as a reference for the research discussion and looks at four key elements in the participant. The method considers the participant’s knowledge, skills, values and experience. Similar to the triangle method, the gingerbread man can give the researcher a helpful framework for a researchContinue reading “Research methods – the gingerbread man”

Research methodology – The Triangle

The Triangle The triangle approach is one that I have devised to structure research observations or discussions. I use the simple image of a triangle that apportions three questions posed by the researcher to ask what subjects in the study think, feel and do. I explain to the subject that they will be asked questionsContinue reading “Research methodology – The Triangle”

Research methodology – The Diamond 9

When thinking about your research methodology, you can choose to collect data through a single research method, or combine a range of research methods. I have used the Diamond 9 research method in many research projects as it provides a really helpful tool to gain helpful data that unpacks your research question. How does itContinue reading “Research methodology – The Diamond 9”