SLE as a Research Mentor
The Mead’s participation in the NCTL National Research Themes 2 Project: What makes great professional development that leads consistently to great pedagogy? supported the exploration and definition of the role of SLE as a Research Mentor. This development has been pivotal in shaping the nature and character of The Mead’s strategy for research-engagement.
Our over-arching research question was:
‘What is the role of the Practice Development Partner (SLE and aspirant SLE) in effecting change through research engagement?’
- In the context of a self-improving school system, the role of SLE is pivotal in promoting, leading and facilitating collaborative teacher research and innovation.
- Establishing the role of SLE as Research Mentor/Coach strongly enhances the capacity and expertise of Teaching School Alliances to lead and engage in high quality research and development.
- Establishing the role of SLE as Research Mentor/Coach is most effective when supported by a professional culture where learning through research is valued and recognised as a core strategy for school improvement.