Enhancing learning together is our guiding principle.
Working together, as a sector, as a system, is at the heart of the programme and we will be supporting projects that bring together teams, colleges and partners right across Scotland and beyond.
Step Forward will develop key themes from CDN’s research to transform ideas into actions that will allow college staff to develop their practice and enhance the impact of their courses and services.
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of College Development Network (CDN), said:
We are delighted to launch this vital element of CDN’s research and enhancement work. Step Forward will enable us to develop the action research skills of college staff and showcase the impact of their work on learners and communities across Scotland. It’s a long-term programme that will grow as the work of our colleges continues to develop, guided by our vision of enhancing learning together.
Action research involves practitioners investigating their own practice (that’s the ‘research’) and then using what they find out to make improvements (that’s the ‘action’). Engaging in action research will help participants to improve their practice, and sharing what they discover will help their colleagues develop approaches they can use to help their learners too.
At the core of Step Forward is the desire to develop rigorous, transferable action research approaches that inspire practitioners in the sector as well as delivering exemplar projects that will support the practical application of CDN research and provide new opportunities for learners.
Co-creation of sector-leading services/high impact learning approaches and materials with colleagues from across colleges and beyond.
Working together to find innovative ways to solve some of the key challenges that our learners face.
Making a sustainable difference to your area of work not just in your own college but across the whole sector.
Support and training to develop your research skills and take an action research approach to your professional practice.
Becoming part of Scotland’s network of emerging college researchers.
Step Forward: Enhancing Learning Together Blog post by Victoria Underwood, Head of Leadership, Governance and Research When we launched the CDN ResearchRead More
Simon Varwell, Senior Development Consultant at sparqs opens the new ‘Research in Practice’ blogRead More
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The Centre brings together existing research work related to Scotland’s colleges and is driving new research and enquiry in the sectorView the Centre here