I view teaching as inquiry as the foundation of professional learning and development and we are emphasizing teachers engaging in a collaborative teacher inquiry alongside each other and their learners.
Learner involvement is a key ingredient, and something that through the research was not strongly documented. I believe that the best person to talk about their learning is the learner and their thinking about what would make them improve is vital in developing theories of improvement.
Inquiry is designed to happen on 2 levels; collaboration between teachers, and, collaboration between teachers and learners. Two publications have given supplementary weight to my thesis that a collaborative approach is a must. These are the ERO report Raising student achievement through targeted actions and Hattie’s What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise.