Action Research/Inquiry Guides, Resources and Examples

Action Research Guide For Teachers.  An excellent teacher-friendly 43 page guide to doing action research ethically in classrooms, including tips on data collection, analysis, defining PLC questions.(Developed by teachers and for teachers through Alberta Teachers Association)

AISI Journal (Volume 2, Number 2, Spring 2013) of PLC projects. University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education’s publications of findings from Teacher driven PLC research and inquiry projects conducted in classrooms. Short summaries give examples and ideas for how to conduct classroom inquiry. The themes discussed align well with SD71’s 2013-2016 PLC themes.

Using a Quality Learning Environment to Integrate Multiple Initiatives. How one district utilized PLC strategies to develop a Quality Learning Environment (QLE) that integrated multiple initiatives. This 6-page Research brief by Lissa Steele emphasizes the benefits of a “side-by-side” approach to developing a school’s vision, mission, values and identifying and choosing among themes/initiatives brought forth by all stakeholders – thus avoiding both a “top down” feeling and a sense of “overwhelm” from too many projects. An excellent example of an effective PLC process that made a difference to learners on all levels.

Professional Learning Teams (PLT) Inquiry Cycle – by Helen Timperley. This online resource shows an evidence-informed inquiry approach to professional learning (similar to PLCs), and examples of professional learning teams working together (AU). This professional collaborative inquiry model is based on Helen Timperley’s award winning framework – Teacher Inquiry and Knowledge-Building Cycle to promote valued student outcomes and support professional learning about the PLT inquiry cycle.

Spirals of Inquiry – NOII: “Inquiry and Innovation: One district’s story” is a slide presentation by D. Turner (Superintendent of Schools, Delta School District) exemplifying teams utilizing “Spirals of Inquiry for Equity and Quality” by J. Halbert & L. Kaser  to improve student learning, assessment, and school cultures.


Strategies for Sharing your PLC Learning Journeys

Collecting and sharing with our peers and community our PLC insights, methods and successes is an essential part of Professional Learning Communities. Here are a few examples of how those stories and research projects may be summarized and published for effective sharing among other professionals.

  • BCTF’s Program for Quality Teaching published Teacher Research in the Back Yard (2003), which shares the insights and stories of several teachers conducting classroom research as part of their Masters programs. Similar stories could be written and shared with your peers in a district wide Blog, journal, website or on this portal.
  • Educational Conferences often ask for submissions and presentations on topics such as Assessment, Student Engagement, Aboriginal Initiatives, Technology and Education, Self Regulation and more. Simply Googling educational conferences or contacting any of the Provincial specialist associations can help you find opportunities to share your learning to help make a difference to other students and teachers!