Building Agency Among Classroom and Co-Curricular Teachers to Support Boys’ Well-Being

The latest IBSC global research project, led by Professor Andrew Martin at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), is underway with more than 50 IBSC schools participating. The project aims to identify strategies for professional practice and produce resources to support teachers, co-curricular leaders, and schools to enhance and sustain boys’ academic and social-emotional well-being. This includes a focus on enhancing boys’ motivation, engagement, resilience, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships.

The project has three parts:

  • Part 1: An online survey of boys 11 years and older to identify the classroom and co-curricular teaching practices associated with enhanced academic and social-emotional well-being for boys. This survey should take only 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Part 2: Two online surveys of two to four classroom and co-curricular teachers in the school to gather information on the practices they find effective for optimizing boys’ development and academic and social-emotional well-being. Each survey should take only 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Part 3: Two online surveys of one or two leaders in the school to get their perspectives on whole-school approaches to enhancing the academic and social-emotional well-being of boys. Each survey should take only 15 – 20 minutes.

Participation in this project has closed but stay tuned. Project data will be used to create a strategy resource document available exclusively to IBSC member schools. This important research will also be featured in the Compass, at IBSC conferences, and in peer-reviewed scholarly outputs.

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Andrew MartinAndrew Martin

Andrew Martin is scientia professor, professor of educational psychology, and chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He specializes in student motivation, engagement, and achievement—including a focus on boys in these areas. Honorary research fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, he is also fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Australian College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Martin ranks in the top five in the latest five-yearly international rankings of the most published educational psychologists, top 10 on Google Scholar in the educational psychology category, and top 25 out of 85,000+ authors indexed in education globally for Scopus-based citations. A consulting editor for Psychological Review and Educational Psychologist, he serves on numerous international editorial boards. Martin has led and co-led numerous national and international government and nongovernment educational research tenders and consultancies.

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