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Seton shares research at inclusive education summit

Dr Jennie Duke and Tayla-Jay Flynn presented Seton College’s Action Research
to the annual summit on inclusive education at Deakin University

A DELEGATION from Seton College, Mt Gravatt East, has delivered Action Research findings on inclusive education practices at the college to The Inclusive Education Summit (TIES).

Held at Deakin University in Victoria, the annual summit is dedicated to addressing and ameliorating educational inequities across pre-school, compulsory education and post-schooling sectors.

Started in 2014 as an offshoot of the American Education Research Association's (AERA) Disability Studies in Education Special Interest Group, TIES had a specific focus on social and educational development for the removal of barriers to learning - rather than individual interventions - TIES presented responses to marginalisation aimed at enduring impact.

This year’s theme, “Inclusive education is a right, right?", made a provocation that questions the state of educational inclusion in relation to human rights.

Addressing national and international academics, researchers, educators, parents and people with a disability, teachers Dr Jennie Duke and Tayla-Jay Flynn, representing Seton College, identified which evidence-based practices worked most effectively at the college, a specialist secondary college purpose-built for personalised learning.

Utilising Action Research, Seton College teachers examined the efficacy of planning, teaching and assessment methods.

Their focus included the effectiveness of gamification in enhancing engagement of at-risk students in English, the use of OneNote to improve student engagement in writing and reading in a Year 8 Visual Literacy unit, recording adjustments in the college’s Subject Authority Syllabus planning, and the effectiveness of its Positive Partnerships program in enhancing school-to-home relationships.

Dr Duke said Action Research provided practice-based evidence as well as confirming evidence-based practices at Seton College.

“Action Research helped us decide which widely-accepted, evidence-based inclusive education practices worked well at the college,” Dr Duke said.

“Through Action Research, teachers have confirmed and validated their choice of teaching, assessment or program as effective and appropriate ways to teach, assess and/or build sense of belonging in the college community.”

Seton College Principal Mr Warren Bath said that Action Research projects are part of a broader approach in the college’s strategic planning.

“We are committed to growth as a leader in personalised learning for all students,” Mr Bath said. 

“Examining our methods and actively participating in the wider educational community is part of an ongoing process in remaining at the forefront of inclusive education,” he said.

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