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Innovative Teaching and Learning Research
SRI has found that when teachers collaboratively analyze learning activities and student work, they can advance teaching and learning.
SRI leads Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research, a project sponsored by Microsoft's Partners in Learning with multinational government sponsors. ITL Research is investigating effective transformation of teaching and learning supported by technology and how it is affecting students’ 21st century skills in many countries around the world.
In the first post-pilot year (2010–2011), SRI coordinated research teams in eight countries: Australia, Finland, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Researchers in each country collected and reported data tuned to their own country context. In addition to leading the global research team and managing program design, SRI is developing instruments, training and supporting country research partners, and analyzing and reporting on the global dataset.
Research methods include surveys of 650 teachers and 24 school leaders in each country, classroom observations, and qualitative case studies at selected schools recognized for innovative teaching practices. SRI’s innovative contribution includes a set of rubrics for the analysis of artifacts of classroom practice—the learning activities that teachers assign and the work that students do in response—according to the degree to which 21st century skills are invited (in assignments) and demonstrated (in student work).
In addition to their use for research, the methods of this project are now the core of a professional development program called 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) that is helping teachers and schools around the world to build powerful new opportunities for 21st century skill development into their classes and curricula.