Research Conversations with Classroom Teachers
Chapter 3: The Research Methodology
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The Research Methodology
What If Learning is a pedagogical approach designed to promote a conversation about what teaching and learning is for and how it might promote a shared imagination of pedagogy that is rooted in the Christian ethos of the school. Questions are an integral part of conversation, which arise out of both shared assumptions and conflicting ones. In this research we employ questions to clarify, to probe for information and, most importantly, to discern teachers’ understanding of their own pedagogical practice. As a research team we learned through trial and error that creating a series of conversations about the design of the research enriched our understanding of how pedagogy works in the experience of teachers and students. This chapter is therefore structured around a series of conversations which significantly helped in shaping our methodology. Those conversations were with the project Steering Group, a critical friend in the research design, the teachers and students as the co-researchers in the schools, the Faculty of Education Research Ethics Committee at Canterbury Christ Church University, two critical friends in the data analysis, between the four of us in the research team and, finally, some external commentators whose contribution is discussed in Chapter 7. Conversation with these diverse partners functioned then as a mechanism to promoting reflection and for establishing rigour from the beginning of the project and was integral to the research design.
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