Rationale for Teacher Inquiry

Teachers are very used to having PD 'done to them' rather than it being something that they take an active lead in and develop themselves. Teacher inquiry helps shift the PD focus back into the classroom with the teacher as the driver.

So what is action research?

Kurt Lewin, then a professor at MIT, first coined the term “action research” in about 1944, and it appears in his 1946 paper “Action Research and Minority Problems”. In that paper, he described action research as “a comparative research on the conditions and effects of various forms of social action and research leading to social action” that uses “a spiral of steps, each of which is composed of a circle of planning, action, and fact-finding about the result of the action”.

An overview of the action research process


You can get more information on this from the Central North wiki which is an excellent resource. Look particularly for ways in which teacher inquiry can be reported back with examples for each method on this wiki.