Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Establishing A Teacher Research Team

Getting Started- forming a group

The beginning of a new the school year is a nice time to begin a teacher research project. It is important to have a colleague(s) that you can work with. When establishing a Teacher Research Team (TRT) first review the purposes of the team. As a team you will:

  • develop research questions based on your own curiosity about teaching and learning in their classrooms
  • systematically collect data and research methodology
  • write about your own research
  • share your findings with students, colleagues, and other members of the educational community
  • discuss relationships among practice, theory, and your own research
  • examine your own underlying assumptions about teaching and learning
  • assume responsibility for your own professional growth

Once you have found one or more colleagues interested in forming a Teacher Research Team (TRT), set an agenda for monthly half day meetings. Some teams meet every other week for only a few hours. A supportive administrator or an administrative office may be willing to provide "start-up" funds for administrative leave that will enable you to meet during the school day. If funding to provide leave during the school day can not provided, your TRT may need to meet after school. Meeting after school with dinner out at a local restaurant is a nice way to end a school day and is something to look forward to each month.

See also:

Hubbard, Ruth Shagoury & Power, Brenda Miller (1993). The art of classroom inquiry. Portsmouth, NH: Heineman Publishers, p. xiii-xviii.

MacLean, Marion S. & Mohr, Marian M. (1999). Teacher-Researchers at Work. Berkely, CA: National Writing Project.

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