FoSTER Project: Frameworks of School-support for Teachers’ Engagement with/in Research

This research project seeks to understand the breath and scope of the ways that schools support teachers to engage with and in research in the UK and Ireland.

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This study would, in the initial instance, aim to:

  • Conduct a large-scale survey of teachers who are engaged with/in research across the UK and Ireland, to establish a range of existing practices.
  • Seek out a range of schools (~10 spanning Ireland and the UK) who are, in various ways, successfully supporting teachers’ engagement with and in research.
  • Generate detailed case studies of successful models in use, to understand their operation and inform others about their implementation.
  • Begin to theorise, by means of categorisation of varying models/practices, a framework for school support of teachers’ engagement with and in research.
  • Provide the initial scoping for a more comprehensive research project on good practices.

The project is being conducted in collaboration with Dr Gavin Murphy of the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and funded by a small grant from the Department of Education.

External Co-Investigators

Dr Gavin Murphy, Trinity College Dublin