Participatory Action Research

TDP conducts research as a way to elevate much needed perspectives in education. Through workshopping teacher writings and teachers in turn reflecting with their students, TDP research strives to let classroom stories inform policy.

Our research questions currently focus on how in an urban context characterized by isolation, lack of support, and a host of accountability measures, a cohort of teachers can enhance their own and their students’ motivation and sense of control over their educational experience, establish individual and shared critical stances, and actively respond to larger education forces.

Sub-Questions:

  • What problems do a diverse group of teachers identify as presenting the greatest threat to either their own or their students’ motivation and sense of control over their educational experience?
  • What is the process for and what is the impact of a cohort of teachers jointly learning to use particular pedagogical and reflection tools, feedback mechanisms, and media skills that incorporate students’ lived experience in their everyday teaching practice?
  • Can a diverse group of teachers with very different teaching situations join together to help build the infrastructure to inspire action and advocacy efforts in support of the schools our students deserve?