A delegation of teachers from Seton College Mt Gravatt East recently delivered its Action Research findings on inclusive education practices at The Inclusive Education Summit at Deakin University in Victoria.
Addressing national and international academics, researchers, educators, parents and people with a disability, Dr Jennie Duke and Ms Tayla-Jay Flynn identified which evidence-based practices work most effectively at Seton College, a specialist secondary college purpose-built for personalised learning.
Utilising Action Research, teachers at Seton College examined the efficacy of planning, teaching and assessment methods. Their focus included the effectiveness of gamification in enhancing engagement of at-risk students in English, the use of OneNote to improve student engagement in writing and reading in a Year 8 Visual Literacy unit, recording adjustments in the College's Subject Authority Syllabus planning, and the effectiveness of its Positive Partnerships program in enhancing school-to-home relationships.
Dr Duke said that Action Research provided practice-based evidence as well as confirming evidence-based practices at Seton College.
“Action Research helped us decide which widely-accepted, evidence-based inclusive education practices worked well at the College," Dr Duke said.
“Through Action Research, teachers have confirmed and validated their choice of teaching, assessment or program as effective and appropriate ways to teach, assess and/or build sense of belonging in the College community."
Seton College Principal Mr Warren Bath said that Action Research projects are part of a broader approach in the College's strategic planning.
“We are committed to growth as a leader in personalised learning for all students," Mr Bath said. “Examining our methods and actively participating in the wider educational community is part of an ongoing process in remaining at the forefront of inclusive education."