Using Research in our School

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Through its CROÍ Research Series, the Teaching Council aims to promote a research culture in schools. CROÍ stands for Collaboration and Research for Ongoing Innovation and it its also the Irish word for heart to reflect the fact that research is at the heart of teaching and learning.

The Council promotes a research culture in a number of ways including:

  • issuing and circulating regular research e-zines, including research summaries written by teachers for teachers
  • hosting research webinars on themes relevant to teachers' practice,
  • providing free access to all registered teachers to an online research library.

We have grouped some of these resources thematically to assist teachers in using them in school. You may wish to choose a particular theme and explore the resources below with colleagues as part of a staff meeting. Over time, we will expand this section of our website, so that it becomes a comprehensive and valuable resource to help teachers in using research in their classrooms.

Reflection

Access an e-zine, webinar and a selection of articles on Reflection

Reflective Teaching, Reflective Learning: Continuing the Conversation E-zine

This e-zine, which is introduced by Professor Ruth Leitch, provides access to a range of resources and supports for teachers engaging in reflection. You can access the e-zine here.

Webinar on Reflection

This webinar, which is just over one hour long, was first broadcast by the Teaching Council in January 2019 and was jointly hosted with the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT). During the webinar the themes of reflective teaching and reflective learning were discussed by the panel members listed below. The discussion was chaired by the Teaching Council's Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc. You can access the recording of the webinar here.

Panel Members

Dr Padraig Kirk, Director of Junior Cycle for Teachers

Professor (Emerita) Ruth Leitch, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University, Belfast

Bernie Tobin, Deputy Principal at St. John the Evangelist National School, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Dr Conor Mellon, Seconded teacher currently working in the Teachers' Learning and Research section of the Teaching Council

Anita McDonald, Post-Primary teacher at Ballybay Community College, Balybay, Co. Monaghan

Webinar Timings

00:00 – 00:03 Introductions

00:03 – 00:10 What is reflection and why is it important?

00:10 - 00:21 Carving out a space for reflection in the current climate

00:21 - 00:28 What should policy makers do to embed reflection in the system?

00:28 - 00:38 Collaborative reflection

00:38 - 00:43 Student voice in the context of Brookfield’s lenses

00:43 - 00:46 How do we create a nurturing space for reflection?

00:46 – 00:54 School cultures

00:54 -00:57 Are policy makers too slow to change?

00:57 – 01:01 One thing we can do to embed reflection in/for our practice

01:01 - 01:02 Closing remarks

Ebooks on Reflection

To access the eBooks using the links below, registered teachers must be logged in to the Teaching Council's online libraryLogin here using your Teaching Council Registration Number. Once logged in, select 'Access to Education Journals' on the bottom left of the screen.

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Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher (S.D. Brookfield) 2017 

New Educational Horizons in Contemporary Ireland: Trends and Challenges (P. Kieran & T.G. Grenham 2012

Action Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide (J. McNiff & J. Whitehead) 2005

Teaching and Learning Through Reflective Practice: A practical guide for positive action(T. Ghaye) 2011

Curriculum Action Research: A Handbook of Methods and Resources for the Reflective Practitioner (J. McKernan) 1996

Enhancing Practice Through Classroom Research: A Teacher’s Guide to Professional Development (C, McDonagh & M. Roche & B. Sullivan & M. Glenn) 2020

Developing Reflective Practice: A Guide for Beginning Teachers (D. McGregor) 2011

The Teacher’s Reflective Practice Handbook: Becoming an extended professional through capturing evidence-informed practice (P. Zwozdiak) 2012


Reflecting on Professional Learning

Feedback received from teachers during Cosán workshops pointed to the need for accessible information on the concept of reflection. Here you will find a video on models of reflection commonly used in education contexts and videos on tools to support reflection on professional learning.

Having accessed these resources on reflection, you may wish to access this workshop guide which has been designed to facilitate a school-based workshop on reflection with particular reference to reflection on professional learning in the context of the Cosán framework.