Research is active curiosity with a purpose in mind.
One of the best aspects of our work over the years has been that it is anchored to and informed by classroom practice - started from classroom student observations - "Classroom Observational Rounds"
We spent time observing students in a variety of classes in our schools and gradually came to form a clearer focus.
The question we focused on was "what learning environments supported and assisted students to become more engaged in their learning?"
We were interested in how students learned; how they could become more engaged in and have greater ownership of their learning; how they could collaborate better; and how they could self regulate their behaviours... not much really!