The Affective Domain

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Issue 5: Action Research

Theme: Action Research
Aim: To conduct a small piece of action research which may result in changes to learning and teaching approaches to support pupils with dyslexia
Target groups: Primary teachers
Secondary subject teachers

Continuous Professional Development [CPD] requires teachers to be constantly updating their knowledge and their skills to improve the learning process for their pupils. Small pieces of action research which involve the teacher identifying a problem, devising solutions, trying them out and evaluating the results, are worthwhile CPD as they can benefit the pupils, but also can be very rewarding for the teachers. At any point during this process you may wish to read some of the literature and current research in this area (see bibliography). You might like to conduct the following piece of research:

• Identify the problem

Select a pupil/group of pupils who you consider to have literacy difficulties that may be of a dyslexic nature. Consider their emotional readiness for learning and identify any barriers they may be experiencing in light of what you have gained from this i-Paper. Look particularly at areas that the pupils may find stressful.

• Devising solutions

In collaboration with others if possible, discuss how you might reduce some of the emotional barriers to learning within your subject or classroom in order to reduce the stresses experienced as a result of barriers to learning.

• Trying them out

Select a small number of possible teaching and learning approaches as a result of your discussions and implement them. Make sure you observe and record any changes.

• Evaluating the results

In collaboration with others, analyse your results and evaluate them. Was it a success? If so, why? How can you take things forward? If not a success, why not? Could you have done anything differently?

Lastly, the knowledge and skills you have gained through this exercise can be passed on to others. Create a presentation for your colleagues about your own piece of action research on the use of technology to support children with dyslexia.