Apply to join the Global Action Research Collaborative – Second Cohort 2021-2022

Article by Jan Richardson, Director of Research
Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia / 12 August 2020

Applications are now open for the second round of the Global Action Research Collaborative (GARC) on Girls’ Education. GARC is a partnership between the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (US), Girls’ Schools Association (UK), Girls’ Day School Trust (UK) and other participating organisations. Our vision is to engage girls’ school educators from around the world in an action research program that will build a network of girls’ school educators, as well as a valuable and relevant database of research on girls’ education.

The 2021-2022 action research theme is: ‘Building problem-solving capacity, confidence and skills in girls’. Research Fellows will commence an 18-month programme of training and action research in January 2021. This will include attending an action research training workshop with other global participants in June 2021 and presenting research outcomes at the Global Forum III on Girls’ Education in June 2022. Circumstances permitting, these events will be held in the United States. Alternatively, Fellows will attend the workshop and present their research virtually.

Applying to join GARC as a Fellow to undertake an action research project for 2021-2022 is a competitive process open to staff of Alliance member schools in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa. Applications will be considered by a selection committee of the Global Action Research Collaborative.

Applications close on 9 October 2020 and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision during the week of 2 November 2020.

Schools will be responsible for:

  • Support or release time for action research training, conducting research and writing a research report between January 2021 and June 2022.
  • A contribution towards registration fees for two NCGS conferences (virtual or in-person attendance) in 2021 and 2022.
  • Circumstances permitting, the cost of travel to the United States to attend two conferences, along with accommodation, meal and pre/post-conference activity costs, in 2021 and 2022.

The Alliance is pleased to advise that needs-based financial assistance may be available to successful Fellows to subsidise the travel portion (only) of the cost of attending one or both conferences in the US in 2021 and 2022. Travel stipends will only be offered where it can be demonstrated that a Fellow’s school could not otherwise meet the costs of its successful applicant travelling to the US for training or to present their research.

Please note that applicants must be a current teacher at an Alliance member school with a minimum of three years’ teaching experience at an all-girls school and must remain at their current school for the duration of the 18-month program. It is a requirement that applications are fully supported by the applicant teacher’s current school principal.

The Alliance’s current Fellows from New Zealand and Australia are Margaret Adeane, Academic Director of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington and Karen Lewis, English Curriculum Leader at All Hallows’ School in Brisbane. To find out how being a GARC Fellow can benefit you and your school, watch this short video and read about Margaret’s and Karen’s action research projects, along with those of the 2020-2021 Fellows from the US, UK, Spain, South Africa and Canada.

To submit an application for GARC 2021-2022 or contact the NCGS for further information about the programme, visit the Global Action Research Collaborative on Girl’s Education application page on the NCGS website.