Online Research Labs

Online research labs are a collaborative research initiative with the aim of providing insights into how the pandemic is changing (aspects of) education in the short and long term. Research labs are structured in three or four session webinars that will encourage active participation of participants during sessions, as well as in between sessions in collecting and sharing information about their own systems. Throughout the sessions, participants will define research questions they want to explore, collect data, and report back with the aim of producing new knowledge. The outcome is a one (or more) paper(s) to be published in an academic journal and practitioner-oriented outlet (to be decided by the group). Key messages from the sessions will also be shared through regular ICSEI channels (newsletter, website, twitter, linkedin). Papers can include empirical work, but can also be essays, position papers or presentations of narrative cases.

The online research lab provides a unique opportunity to engage with international colleagues around a theme and answer a set of pressing questions about the current crisis through a structured and reflective approach.

Current Research Labs

Teaching profession during and after the COVID-19 pandemic:
Understanding the long-term consequences

About this Research Lab:
This research lab is exploring how the teaching profession and the “social contract” among teachers, students, and parents are being transformed by the pandemic and the variation across national contexts. We focus on teachers’ responses to the pandemic and the role school context, formal and informal networks structures and arrangements for professional learning, and the education system can explain these responses; as well as how families have been challenged in supporting their children’s learning. Over 4 sessions, participants are working towards a paper which describes and explains the various responses of teachers and ways in which their profession has changed across these countries.

*This research lab is not currently taking on new participants. However this page will be updated with the Lab’s paper when it is produced* 

Understanding school networks reconfigurations to cope and rethink educational systems during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Dates of Research Labs:
29 September 2020
27 October 2020
24 November 2020
All research labs will take place at 9am (CST)/2pm (GMT)/3pm (CEST).

About this Research Lab:
Numerous educational systems have a long tradition of developing and supporting school networks for educational improvement. During the COVID-19 health crisis, teachers and school leaders have faced the challenge of continuing to support their students’ learning at a distance. In this scenario, traditional networks seem to be refocusing their goals, and new networks have formed. Teachers and school leaders, while required to maintain physical distancing, still seek to connect both socially and professionally in order to support and learn from each other.

Networks are likely to be in flux with some ceasing to be operational, while others might gain greater relevance, and perhaps should be now afforded the support they need to become a permanent part of their school systems. Such understanding needs to be considered for educational systems, as well as contribute to the literature on school networks and professional learning networks. To explore and study these issues and collaboratively develop knowledge focused on four central themes:

  • Governance of school networks: This theme refers to the logic of participation and decision-making process of the network. This theme also considers the criteria for participating in the networks, including issues of management and facilitation.
  • Knowledge mobilisation within school networks: This theme highlights the importance of network leadership and system infrastructure to mobilize network knowledge and practices to schools increasing the potential impact of this knowledge in transforming schools’ practices, and the process of network members becoming active agents in their own networks.
  • Post-crisis learner outcomes: A key characteristic of an effective network is that network members can achieve outcomes that they could not achieve working individually. This focused in what network outcomes can be identified during COVID-19, and what outcomes remain post COVID-19.
  • Sustainability of school networks: This theme highlights the importance of strong connections, system infrastructure, leadership at all levels, building capacity of teachers, and collective vision in the long-term and transformation of school practice. This theme also considers the ability of school networks to respond to external ‘shocks’ to the system (e.g. COVID-19).

Please contact Mauricio Pino Yancovic (CIAE, Universidad de Chile) for further questions about this Research Lab: [email protected]

COVID-19 and standardized assessments: short and long term consequences

Dates of Research Labs:
1 October 2020; 2-3.30 pm (Central European summer time)
27 October 2020; 2-3.30 pm (Central European winter time)
7 December 2020; 2-3.30 pm (Central European winter time)
21 January 2021; 2-3.30 pm (Central European winter time)

In many countries, standardized summative assessments were cancelled when schools needed to close to contain the spread of COVID-19. As these assessments are used to make decisions on progression and/or qualification of students, and to evaluate/monitor teacher and school quality, alternative measures had to be put in place to make such decisions. This research lab allows ICSEI members to explore the short and long term consequences of these cancellations for students, teachers, schools and school systems (e.g. monitoring of progress, decisions on grade repetition, awarding of grades and qualifications, teacher and school evaluation/accountability)? We’ll also look at relevant means to mitigate some of the unintended consequences of these changes, and ways to improve standardized assessment in the future.

For further information about this CREN workstream, please contact Melanie Ehren: [email protected]