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Using action research to improve the quality of teaching in basic education in remote schools in PNG.

Paraide, Patricia, Evans, Terry, Honan, Eileen, Muspratt, Sandy and Reta, Medi 2011, Using action research to improve the quality of teaching in basic education in remote schools in PNG., in Proceedings of the Inaugural Universal Basic Education Conference, [unknown], [unknown].

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Title Using action research to improve the quality of teaching in basic education in remote schools in PNG.
Author(s) Paraide, Patricia
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry
Honan, Eileen
Muspratt, Sandy
Reta, Medi
Conference name Inaugural Universal Basic Education Conference
Conference location Port Moresby
Conference dates 5-7 July 2011
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Inaugural Universal Basic Education Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Total pages 7
Publisher [unknown]
Place of publication [unknown]
Keyword(s) Teachers' professional development
Action Research
Remote areas
Summary This paper discusses the use of action research with teachers in remote primary schools in PNG to provide sustainable professional learning to help improve the quality of schooling. It arises from an ADRA research project being undertaken by the authors. The paper describes the project’s research design and its implementation to investigate the introduction, implementation and feasibility of teachers using action research to solve their own problems related to providing basic education in remote communities. If successful, action research may prove to be an effective approach to sustaining professional learning communities in locations where traditional approaches and means of professional development are difficult or impossible to sustain.

The paper describes the research team’s approach to identifying and engaging schools in remote districts of Western and East Sepik provinces, surveying teachers in those districts about their professional learning needs and circumstances, identifying schools to trial action research, and to undertake the fieldwork to implement action research and to study its implementation. The teachers’ experiences with using action research are presented in the context of their particular research topics chosen for their school. To date, the findings suggest that teachers can use action research to help them improve the quality of the education they provide for children. However, the initiation and sustainability of such an action research approach is influenced by the capacities and commitment of head teachers and standards officers, in particular, valuing and understanding reflective practice and action research for professional learning in school communities.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 939906 Pacific Peoples Education
HERDC Research category L2 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
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