This action research project saw ten Year 5 and 6 boys voluntarily undertake a process of researching, designing and writing a multimodal text. In this initial iteration of the action research cycle, the boys benefited greatly from the writing process, showing greater engagement, interest and understanding of children's rights. By the end of the project, it became clear that it is not enough to merely 'teach' children's rights. Instead, by having boys develop their own projects inspired by a genuine audience, greater understanding, engagement and empathy is engendered.
Mr Pearson was praised for his rigorous data collection, honest reflections on the mixed results of his intervention and understanding of the way action research leads to continuous cycles of improvement. Mr Pearson's work will soon be published on the IBSC's website.
"I am thrilled to have been part of the IBSC Action Research program," said Mr Pearson. "It has been a wonderful experience, injecting enthusiasm and new ideas into my classroom."
Recognition is also due to the College's part-time Research Officer, Dr Caitlin Munday, who played a key role in mentoring Mr Pearson and the other staff participating in the Action Research Program.