Exploring new ideas and technology

Exploring Ideas

The ANSN connects teachers nationally as they explore and research new ideas or old ideas in new ways. Participants critically reflect on and document changes to their practice.

Current Hubs of Interest

In recent years ANSN has provided professional learning opportunities in the ‘Dimensions of Learning’, based on research by the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) organisation and local teachers practical experience. Teachers and school leaders – as individuals and teams – will again be able to join an ANSN DoL Hub, where they will explore instructional design models related to the five types of thinking that make up the Dimensions of Learning

Previous Hubs of Interest

Click on the title to go to a short summary of the work and any publications related to the hub are available on that page. Snapshots, products for sale, papers etc

How we coordinate exploring interests

Hubs of Interest

When significant interest in ideas and questions is shown by teachers, when these ideas and questions have the potential to support the purpose of the ANSN and when someone shows the interest and willingness to lead out on the focus in question then the ANSN creates a Hub. Hubs have a National Coordinator who works with a small team to lead on the initiative on behalf of the ANSN. Hubs can generate a range of projects that can include: research circles, longitudinal research studies, workshops and seminars to seed interest, new publications and products for sale, online networks for ongoing communication and training and development activities based on what has been learned through the research circles.

The Research Circle

Given the ANSN’s commitment to learning in community the main process for our work is the Research Circle. A Research Circle brings together colleagues with similar yet different research interests to work collaboratively using the rich experiences and expertise of others in the Circle to enhance the research being undertaken. This process:

  • supports innovation
  • brings a richness of experience and expertise around a table
  • provides a structure for colleagues to become both inquirers and researchers
  • enables groups to learn from each other
  • links the Circle with leading expertise (e.g., a University academic, process consultant or leading innovator in the chosen area of research) from outside the organisation to act as a critical friend or expert facilitator or expert in the field of interest.
  • provides access to a trained researcher