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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2010-2011: Creating a Culture of Learning or (Making Sure They All Do Their 30 Hours CPD)

Principal focus of the project

The report focuses on the feelings and experiences of senior managers and lecturers through video diaries and semi-structured interviews. The research examined the reasons for teachers apprehension and reluctance to engage with new teaching methods, and the way these present as barriers to learners becoming more active in their own learning experience, as opposed to the observed didactic method.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The research concluded that, from a teacher perspective, the main barriers to teachers' engagement with active learning strategies were the lack of time for preparation, previous positive results from a more didactic method, and most commonly, the fear of looking foolish in front of learners. There was a different perpective between leaders and teachers about risk taking. Leaders saw the organisation as one that fostered risk taking and open sharing of ideas but colleagues definitely reported a reluctance to engage with active learning strategies for fear of being criticised. So the report concludes that senior leaders' continuing involvement is vital in continuing to build a culture of learning and innovation.

Resource form
Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Sue Wallace - Tyneside College

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report that explores overcoming barriers and developing a culture of learning within a college as part of an effort to develop expert learner skills through active learning strategies in the classroom.

Resource Type: How to - CPD, Guides, Report
Web link for this resource: Final RDF report- Sue Wallace.pdf