St. Christopher’s faculty are undertaking Action Research projects to further the understanding of best practices for boys. The boys themselves play a vital role in the process by providing feedback on their experiences.
Saints Action Research team will explore the theme of Boys and Stories: Pathways to Learning during the 2018-19 school year. Check back soon for more information on this exciting initiative.
Past Action Research Projects
2017-18: Boys and Adaptability in a Changing World
The 2017-18 Saints Action Research theme focused on Boys and Adaptability in a Changing World. Adaptable people possess a capacity to respond to uncertainty, change, and novelty, often with a positive attitude. They are further characterized by their creativity, resilience, and flexibility. In a competitive, high-achieving learning environment, our boys face many pressures, often dedicating time outside of school for extra tutors and coaches in an attempt to improve academic or athletic performance. There is little time left for the development of skills that foster adaptability. This year’s research projects prompted teachers to incorporate concepts such as mindfulness and reflection, academic resilience, curiosity, and creative and flexible thinking into lessons in order to qualitatively measure how these skills affected adaptability in our boys. CLICK HERE to review the research briefs and hear from our teachers.
2016-17: Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning Groups
Action research is research driven by one teacher in his classroom investigating a component of his practice he wants to grow. The essential skill of collaboration is incorporated into all parts of of the curriculum; however, research indicates that boys often do not work particularly well in groups and may lack the necessary skills to do so. This study will test methods of teaching boys to recognize, respect, and maximize the different personalities and approaches to learning within a group in order to create engaging and innovative learning experiences. The goal is to find solidarity in Collaboration and the Power of Successful Learning Groups. CLICK HERE to review the research briefs and hear from our teachers.
2015-16: The Voices of Boys
CLICK HERE to review the research briefs and hear from our teachers.