Doha College teacher presents at COBIS International Conference
The COBIS “Innovation in Education Conference” recently joined forces with the first ever ResearchED event in the Middle East. COBIS is the Council of British International Schools, while ResearchED is a grass-roots, teacher-led organisation which started in 2013 and is led by founder Tom Bennett, independent behaviour advisor to the UK Department for Education. The event brought together leading experts from the field of education, thought leaders and educational practitioners to address ways in which teachers can explore educational innovations.
The expert speakers’ lineup included Doha College’s Kirsten Burnett, an educator who is passionate about teacher autonomy and elevating the teaching profession. Through the school’s Enhanced Leaderhip Programme, she has introduced a programme of action research, while she is finalizing her Master of Education in Professional Practice.
Drawing on her experience of teaching in the international setting offered by Qatar, Kirsten’s work expounds on “Why Being an International Teacher can Drive Action Research”. Her talk focused on the introduction of Action Research into Doha College Primary this year, as a means of professional development. “Action Research’s aim is to raise the professionalism of teachers by giving them autonomy to research ‘what works’ in their classrooms and it also promotes democratisation within schools because change starts to come from teachers,” she explained.
Kirsten’s research fits into a larger framework that came into existence at Doha College this academic year. Each year group in DC Primary has collaborated to investigate a research question about either the curriculum, content knowledge, a teaching strategy, professional identity, a social justice issue, or something contextual. This first cycle started at Doha College in November 2018 and will finish in June 2019, culminating in a Learning Festival on June 18th, where each team will share their research findings with the whole school.
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