Presented by Dr Di Laycock
Head of Information Services,
The King's School
It’s often difficult enough to interpret and apply the findings of research done by others into school library-related activities, let alone think about doing your own research. However, research done by you, for you, and for your students can provide you with context-specific findings that enable you and your staff to engage in meaningful evidence-informed practice. Further to offering obvious benefits for you and your students, action research findings can provide you with a powerful tool for advocacy; the statement, “I know this is works” holding far greater leverage than, “I think this works.”
In this session, Di will consider the benefits of action research as a means to effect change in school libraries through an exploration of the action research process and examples of how action research can be used to guide and inform practice. As well, participants will be encouraged to share ideas for action research projects so as to gain feedback from colleagues. .
Di Laycock is Head of Information Services and Leader of Professional Programs at The King’s School in Sydney. She also holds the position of President of the School Library Association of NSW. Di graduated from the University of Sydney with a Doctor of Education in 2018 after completing research into secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels as classroom texts.
Di has been an active member of the International Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC) since 2007, where she held a number of positions including IBSC Action Research Program - Coordinator from 2007-2016, and she has been a Board Member of the IBSC since 2015. In 2015, she was the recipient of the IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Service Award in recognition of her contribution to boys' education by way of her work supporting numerous teachers from around the world undertaking action research projects. Di was also awarded SLANSW's Teacher Librarian of the Year Award in 2008.
About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups
The meet-ups are currently not accredited by NESA, but qualify as Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD). The one-hour meet-ups will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room and comprise:
- 30-minute presentation
- 15-minute Q&A with the presenter/s
- 15-minute facilitated discussion between attendees.
A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.
Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members. Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.
The one-hour meet-up takes place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room.
Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access this online session.