Core Breakfast – The power of research thinking to transform teaching and learning

In this seminar Keryn Davis will open up the research space traditionally allocated to academics by sharing how research can be the activity of teachers and students. She will share some of their recent research experiences and the exciting and transformative changes that are possible when creative methodologies are used to listen and challenge what has always been.

  • What is research?
  • Who can be a researcher?
  • How can students and teachers can be active in the research – not just as subjects and / or participants?
  • Using creative methods to listen and challenge.
  • Stories of research for transformative change.

Defining research:

  • Collaborative classroom research
  • Difference between the research as the outsider and the researcher as the professional on the inside (self study?)
  • Research as taking in different viewpoints to discover why some can see what they can see
  • Research thinking
  • Inquiry or research?
    • Research space has a clear design and rigor so the research can stand up to scrutiny
    • Inquiry doesn’t necessarily have the detailing (i.e. ethics and approval) and is more everyday process
  • Action research: “No action without research; no research without action”


  • Belongs in the hands of researchers or the hands of teachers?
  • Hattie: no evidence that action research is making a difference

What are there dispositions, orientations and approaches that researching teachers are using?

The session was highly focused on Early Childhood which wasn’t ideal but there was plenty to consider in terms of relevance to teenagers. Something to reflect further on is the involvement and well-being scales which I think could be implemented in some way to gather data within some future action research. Therefore my underlying takeaway is to reframe my thinking about what data actually is and look for the stories and how to capture the stories of learning.

Top tips for putting

  • Learn the art of listening
  • Learn to ask meaningful questions in the right way
  • Be prepared to find the unexpected – become comfortable with uncertainty
  • Look at things from multiple angles and perspectives
  • Use the language or literacy of the people that you want to learn from
  • Try, try and try again

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