ARMS Awardees for 2019-20
Our Action Research Mentor Scheme Awardees for 2019-20 are:
Ashok Chavan, Dr Asharani Anto, Dr Mithun Khandwala, Dr. Revathi Viswanathan, Harish Patodkar, Lakshmana Rao Pinninti, Lingala Raju, Monish Panda, Ms Pradnya Gokhale, Nazeer Hundekar, Nisar Shaikh, Shikha, Shimona Tyagi, Sutapa Mukherjee, Tanya Gulati, Tanya Kapoor, Vinayadhar Raju Prathikantam
Between them, these 17 mentors will work with over 80 teachers across the country.
Two Action Research Super Mentors have been appointed: Dr Ravinarayan Chakrakodi and Mr. Santosh Mahapatra. They will be working closely with the awardees, over the duration of the scheme.
Induction of the ARMS mentors
On 11 - 12 May 2019, we held an induction workshop for the newly appointed ARMS mentors in Hyderabad. The mentors were introduced to the main principles and practices of action research, prompting rich and lively discussions around the ARMS mentors’ hopes and expectations for their mentees and their projects. Time was also spent exploring the role of a mentor and the types of qualities and skills they would need to effectively support their mentees. Four ARMS mentors from our second cohort shared their experience; this proved a productive session where our new cohort got to hear first-hand their predecessors successes, challenges and lessons learned.
ARMS mid-year seminar
The mid-year seminar was held on 7 September 2019 at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad. This event was open to both education professionals and post-graduate students receiving an overwhelming response of over 140 participants.
Starting with a plenary by Jason Anderson and Dr Rama Matthew, the audience was treated to a series of sessions by experts, mentors, authors and even storytellers! The audience thoroughly enjoyed the various sessions and explored the differences between academic and teacher research, and exploratory and action research. Multiple elements that play an important role in making teacher research successful were examined and discussed from various perspectives. Participants looked at the importance of teacher-motivation in conducting research of this kind, and also discussed ways to maintain the level of motivation and overcome challenges along the way. The complete cycle of teacher-research was analysed and the different methods of documenting it, were discussed.
An important takeaway for the participants was that the success of teacher-research does not lie in finding a solution to the problem that they are researching, but rather in documenting their journey and sharing their learning. Mentors from the 2019-20 cohort of ARMS also shared their journey with the participants via presentations and Q&A sessions. They highlighted the importance of building a relationship of trust with their mentees, creating a shared purpose, working as a team and sharing experiences with fellow practitioners. At the end of the seminar, Dr Santosh Mahapatra, one of the super-mentors of ARMS, conducted a poll with participants and a sizeable majority showed their willingness to take up classroom-based teacher research in their context – an evidence of the positive impact of the day’s sessions and input!
ARMS online dissemination events
In a series of online events from 4 to 8 May 2020, 14 mentors provided an overview of their individual research projects and related findings. For every event 300 people tuned in to find out more about a variety of themes and topics. We had participants from as far east as the Philippines and Japan and as far west as Ecuador and Mexico: a truly global dissemination event that would not have been possible without online conferencing tools!
As requested by the participants, the presentations of the mentors are now available on this website and can be downloaded. These presentations will be available until 31 August 2020.