New Zealand schools increasingly use inquiry to understand and address complex and persistent issues. This requires schools to have committed Lead Teachers with deep knowledge about inquiry. The collection of studies in this book have been compiled by the research team at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre, University of Auckland, to illustrate the potential of the Lead Teacher role for school-wide inquiry.
In each of the chapters a Lead Teacher tackles an important school-wide issue and seeks to understand what is working, or not working, for whom and why. The inquiries cover a wide range of issues, including student achievement, teaching practices, teacher professional learning and home-school partnerships. Each case illustrates important inquiry processes that are needed to make evidence-based decisions in schools. This collection of studies offers a valuable resource for Lead Teachers and those undertaking inquiry in both primary and secondary school contexts.