Teachers as embedded practitioner-researchers in innovative learning environments

Joanne Blannin, Marian Mahat, Benjamin Cleveland, Julia E. Morris, Wesley Imms

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The paper introduces and explores the Plans to Pedagogy research pro-gramme, a three-year project focused on teacher capacity-building within schools. Plans to Pedagogy engages practitioner-researchers in the development of their and their colleagues’ spatial learning skills as they move into and attempt to take advantage of innovative learning environments. The programme involves teachers from eight schools across Australia and New Zealand. Still in progress, each three-year project addresses the indi-vidual school’s needs, while being supported by a more extensive universi-ty-situated “umbrella” research programme. This paper presents emerging findings from Plans to Pedagogy and discusses what is being learned about applied research in schools and how a research-focused approach to professional learning can enhance teacher learning and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalCenter for Educational Policy Studies Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020


  • Applied research
  • Innovative learning environments
  • Professional development
  • Teacher change
  • Teacher-researchers

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