Teachers deliberating practice: the Aurora School project
This 3-year research project is a collaboration between Deakin University researchers and the principal, leaders, and staff of the Aurora School. The project aims to establish a research culture that supports knowledge building through evidence that leads to practice change relating to play-based pedagogy to improve young deaf and hard of hearing children’s communication and language.
This project aims to explore the impact of the research design, especially the methodology (Critical Participatory Action Research — CPAR), in its ability to both capture change in teachers’ practice and empower teachers to confidently research their own practice, thus creating a self-sustaining model. This study will focus on supporting teachers and professionals at Aurora School to embed a play-based learning and teaching approach to improve young deaf and hard of hearing children’s communication and language. Changes to practices and child outcomes will be captured as indicators of the effectiveness of the CPAR approach.
The Aurora School staff, working in collaboration with the Deakin research team, will design resources to aid the sustainability of the newly established research culture within the school. The teachers who participated in researching their own practice during the project will have opportunities to work with the Deakin researchers to write-up their research in practice in scholarly journals and present collaboratively at workshops and conferences.