As teachers, our actions influence and impact on others; they have an impact on our pupils, our colleagues and the wider community. The actions we choose are taken from the best possible motives – in order to help learners fulfil potential. Nonetheless, we need to remind ourselves of our responsibilities through upholding certain self-evident principles.
- The principle of transparency
Everyone involved in the research, including parents, governors and learners, need to know what is happening and why. Anyone has the right to withdraw from the research but it needs to be made clear that it is always undertaken with the best of motives, namely wanting to improve practice in the interest of learners. Colleagues should know about what researchers are doing in order to avoid ‘in’ and ‘out’ feelings among staff. Especially important is the ethical and transparent use of data, references to demographic and test results. Parents need to be reassured about their use and their importance to the project.
- The principle of truth
Action research is concerned with honest scrutiny of the teacher’s own practices. It goes without elucidation that the findings and approaches will be undertaken in a straightforward and honest manner whereby the truth of impact or lack of impact will be scrutinised.
- The principle of professionalism
Action researchers scrutinise their own practices and choose approaches towards their research questions based on data and professional judgement. They are vigilant in making sure that pupils and staff have a positive outcome from the research.
|Asking for parental support |
· Explain the reasons for the project
· Share how information will be used
· Assure the anonymous nature of any reference to learners
· If the school does not have permission for photographs as part of school life then
ask for permission and explain that even if circulated to other teachers, no
names will be used.