The Glennie School Middle and Senior Years teacher, Dr Alison Bedford, has recently been awarded a place as a Fellow in the National Girls’ School Association’s Global Action Research Collaborative. In partnership with fellow Glennie teacher, Miss Emma Kann, Dr Bedford will participate in an international action research program dedicated to the education and healthy development of girls. This research program aims to find out more about best practice in girls’ education to better the lives of young women by using research and data to improve their educational experience.
Dr Bedford and Miss Kann describe their project: “Our cognition-centred inquiry approach to teaching History addresses the Collaborative's focus on building problem-solving capacity, confidence and skills in girls through the explicit teaching of the cognitions embedded in the senior syllabus, coupled with a student-centred inquiry approach.”
Dr Bedford and Miss Kann’s research will further refine their student-driven, cognition-centred inquiry model which they have been refining for a number of years. This approach foregrounds the explicit teaching of thinking skills to enable students to work collaboratively to construct knowledge and emerge from their History studies as confident and capable independent learners.
The second cohort of the Global Action Research Collaborative is running across seven countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Throughout the next 18 months, Fellows will undertake monthly meetings with research advisors to proactively address questions or concerns, participate in workshops and virtual conferences to develop a research report. A final 20 minute recorded presentation of Fellows’ research projects will be submitted at the end of the research period.
In June 2022, Fellows meet with their Research Advisor and fellow researchers to finalise and share their presentations ahead of presenting their findings at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education III in the research findings workshops, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. This is an exciting opportunity for Dr Bedford and Miss Kann and offers a wonderful opportunity for the girls in their History classes.