Professional Development

Making research engagement part of the life force of the school

David Godfrey and Graham Handscomb explore the concept of the school as part of an ecosystem and the contribution of research engagement at all its levels.
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Enquiry as the bedrock of the school system 

How can research be integrated into the lives of teachers and leaders as part of the structures and cultures of the school? Research-engaged schools promote enquiry stances by teachers as an integral part of their ongoing professional development. Such schools encourage the use of published research and other school evidence; they are outward looking and connect to the research community. This engagement occurs through interconnections from the macro to the micro level of the school ecosystem and ultimately affects the lives of young learners. In this article we will explore the dimensions and elements of what we mean by the school ecosystem and how we see research engaged professional learning as a fundamental part of this. 

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