Presented by Camilla Elliott
Head of Library and Digital Learning
Mazenod College, Mulgrave, Victoria
The International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC) is an international educational organisation. Members apply for participation in the IBSC Action Research Project which is a two year project that guides participants through the process of authentic action research with an experienced team of mentors. Completed projects are presented at the Annual International IBSC Conference held in June/July each year.
In this presentation I will take you through my experience of participating in the 2018-2019 action research cohort and its value to me as professional learning. As a teacher librarian and digital learning coordinator I collaborated with a VCAL class to explore the experience of 18-year-old boys engaging with families to learn about their family immigration stories. I believed that through personal storytelling at this critical time in their lives, the students would gain an increased understanding of themselves and each other as a diverse cultural mix with shared experiences.
This project was an exceptionally valuable experience and has cemented my skills as an authentic action researcher. Action research is a powerful research tool relevant to the role of teacher librarians and all educators. Conducted under a set of vigorous and authentic guidelines it is effective in applying change to the classroom and in developing quality learning and teaching processes.
Camilla is Head of Library and Digital Learning at Mazenod College, Mulgrave, a Catholic boys’ secondary school in eastern metropolitan Melbourne. She is an active networker in the professional education community with a passion for authentic learning, the learning commons model of school libraries, and applied digital learning. Camilla is a recipient of the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) John Ward Award for her service to school libraries. She is Vice-President of SLAV, Chair of SLAV Professional Learning Committee, and a member of Synergy Editorial Board. Camilla is committed to the unique role of school libraries and the importance of training and mentoring library staff to support them in performing a dynamic role within their schools. Resources are shared at www.linkingforlearning.com and Camilla's Twitter ID is ‘camillaelliott’.
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