IBSC Action Research
“Action research is any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers, principals, school counselors, or other stakeholders in the teaching/learning environment to gather information about how their particular schools operate, how they teach, and how well their students learn. This information is gathered with the goals of gaining insight, developing reflective practice, effecting positive changes in the school environment (and on educational practice in general), and improving student outcomes and the lives of those involved.”
– Geoffrey Mills, Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (2nd Edition)
IBSC promotes the collaboration of boys' educators worldwide to undertake research projects in their schools to improve effectiveness in the classroom and beyond. Teaming with of educators with similar interests, these researchers discuss, reflect, generate and evaluate innovative ideas about best practices for educating boys.
Starting in 2005, more than 330 teachers and administrators have contributed these two-year projects with the assistance of an IBSC Action Research coordinator. In many cases, their reports offer detailed information on how to replicate both research and results in your school environment.
More than 250 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 Center. 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 including:
- 2017-18: Adaptability in a Changing World
- 2016-17: Collaboration and the Power of Learning Groups
- 2015-16: Boys as Global Citizens
- 2014-15: Boys as Makers
- 2013-14: Character Education
- 2012-13: Creativity Through Digital Technologies
- 2011-12: Mining Key Pedagogical Approaches
- 2010-11: Languages, Leadership, and Libraries
- 2009-10: Boys and Writing
- 2008-09: Boys and Masculinity
- 2007-08: Positive Relationships / Positive Learning
- 2006-07: Boys and Digital Literacy
- 2005-06: Boys and Reading