What is Professional Inquiry?
Practicioner professional inquiry is a
systematic and intentional study of one’s own professional practice through
site-based action research in order to effect change. Fairfax County Public Schools has a twenty-year history of providing support for staff and faculty engaging in inquiry through courses taught by TNLI MetLife Fellows and a Teacher Research:Professional Inquiry Conference held annually in May.
Inquiring professionals seek out and implement change by:
- Reflecting on their practice
- Posing questions which explore options and possibilities for change
- Collecting data to gain insight
- Analyzing their data
- Implementing changes in practice based upon their research
- Sharing their findings with others
Professional Inquiry Supports Student Learning
The Teacher Research:Professional Inquiry process positively impacts the individual participant, students and schools within FCPS and has the potential to effect change at the regional and national level as well.
- Impact teacher and student learning and/or student achievement through implementation of changes in practice based upon new research
- Support for revision of instructional practice based on new knowledge about teaching and learning gained through the inquiry process
- Increase dialogue, sharing, and collaboration about instruction and student learning across departments, disciplines, grade levels and schools
- Implement changes in practice based upon new research
- Enable development of priorities for school-wide planning and assessment efforts
- Contribute to the professional body of knowledge about teaching and learning
- Enhance communication between teachers and students
- Support teacher-designed and initiated professional development