Action Research Projects

More than 200 Action Research projects have been undertaken since the program was introduced by the IBSC in 2005. Results are shared at IBSC conferences and workshops, and they are made available online through the Member Portal. Links to full reports are available to IBSC members only (members must login to access).

IBSC Action Research cohorts have investigated various thought-provoking topics:

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Sample Reports

1. The Power of Stories We Tell (Global Citizenship)
When Stuart Pearson, Scots College (AU), found that a unit on Global Connections didn’t elicit the empathy for human rights he hoped for in his students, he asked students to research, design, and write globally themed books to engage more specifically with children’s rights. (IBSC members, read more.)

2. Ecological Apartheid (Global Citizenship)
Michelle Heaton of The Fenn School (USA) turned a unit on Climate Change into an introduction to global citizenship when she paired science with service, both simulated and real. One of her goals was to help her Grade 6 students appreciate their own roles in protecting the environment. (IBSC members, read more.)

3. Character: A Product of Our Habits (Character Education)
To assist boys who struggled with self-management skills—and possible “excessive parental intervention”—Josh Norman of the City of London School (UK) introduced a series of organization workshops for fifteen 12-13-year-olds over a five-week period. (IBSC members, read more.)

4. Vertical Tutor Groups in the Primary Years (Character Education)
At Christ Church Grammar School (AU), Maria Hodges set up and evaluated a vertical tutor group, drawing students from the same House, five each from Years 4, 5, and 6. Her goal was “to develop core links of trust, friendliness, and, most importantly, in learning how to care for each other.” (IBSC members, read more.)

5. Dads Read, Boys Win (Libraries)
Lower School librarians Brenda Snead and Lucinda Whitehurst, at St. Christopher’s School (USA), developed and tested DADS READ, a mentorship initiative that called for fathers to team up with sons, read books together, then compete. (IBSC members, read more.)

6. Writing for the Authentic Audience (Writing)
Knowing that many of her Grade 9 students felt anxious about the writing process, Debbie Martin of Maritzburg College (SA) set out to test the value of using an authentic audience “to help boys become prolific, powerful, and confident writers.” By removing herself as the sole audience for their work, she introduced a new motivation and purpose. (IBSC members, read more.)

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