Collaborative Action Research

EIS Collaborative Action Research Programme


In 2021-22 the EIS is planning to support members to undertake collaborative action research to support members’ professional learning and empower teachers through practitioner enquiry.


This will involve developing supported programmes of collaborative practitioner research and enquiry, with members who are pursuing overlapping or complimentary topics networked into ‘Action Research Clusters’ supported by  EIS members trained as ‘cluster facilitators . These clusters will facilitate peer support, information sharing, professional learning and collaborative agency. This will enable teachers to play a more empowered role in promoting learning through collaborating with other professionals.


To support and evaluate this activity, the EIS is working with a team from the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) at the University of Glasgow who have developed and used this approach across schools and local authorities in Scotland and beyond.


EIS members are invited to take part on the basis of one or more of the following activities:

  • Existing informal research collaboratives.

    Eg: a group of teachers who are already collaborating on practitioner enquiry around a shared topic or challenge.

  • Existing individual enquiry where collaboration is invited.
    Eg: a teacher who has undertaken a piece of action research and wishes to extend this activity with a collaborative project alongside colleagues who share an interest in the topic.

  • Proposed research collaboratives around an existing topic.

    Eg: a group of teachers hoping to undertake action research together on a specific topic.

  • Learning collaboratives proposing to undertake a programme of action research.
    Eg: a group of teachers (perhaps in a single school, cluster, LA or RIC, or an informal network) who have been learning together around a topic, and wish to extend their professional learning by undertaking a research project.


Next steps

Members who are interested in taking part in this programme are invited to register their interest by emailing with the following information:

  • School and Local Authority or College

  • Current activity being undertaken or expected (see examples above)

  • Topic area (wherever possible)



Initial information sessions, outlining the opportunity in detail and the role of a cluster facilitator, will be held online in September 2021.

Please register interest now to ensure you are included in these events.