Dr Vince Ham eFellowship 2020


Aims of the eFellowship

  • Support educators to carry out action research project.
  • Develop and extend inquiry capabilities.
  • Foster reflection and critical thinking.
  • Support new approaches and innovative practices, particularly in contexts serving diverse learners.
  • Build a network of innovative educational practitioners.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of transformational practice.

What you will experience and receive

  • A programme that includes workshops, dialogue, reflection, guest speakers, field trips, and networking.
  • Ongoing mentoring (virtually) from CORE’s research team to support your action research project.
  • Travel, meals and accommodation for three regional hui.
  • Teacher release (TRD or equivalent funding) for attendance at regional meetings. These meetings are two or three days each.
  • Registration, travel, meals and accommodation for uLearn20.
  • Ongoing connections with CORE Education and networking opportunities beyond the programme itself.

What is expected of you

As you undertake your action research you will be expected to:

  • Attend all regional meetings at the scheduled times, including uLearn20
  • Meet with your research mentor(s) as agreed
  • Complete an action research project as agreed
  • Present your research findings at uLearn20
  • Share your eFellows research and experience through EDtalks, or Te Matapaki, and the CORE Blog
  • Write a short research summary highlighting your year-long research project, which will be published on our CORE website
  • Bring your enthusiasm and your willingness to learn and embrace new ideas and thinking
  • Take part in the excitement and fun of the eFellowship!

Other important things you need to know

  • Your action research project will focus on an element of your practice that you are curious about and keen to develop further.
  • It will involve an aspect of teaching and/or learning that has the potential to bring about transformation within your context.
  • You will need to provide a clear description of the background to, and purpose of the intended project.
  • Being a digital technology whizz is not a prerequisite, however you will be expected to embed some form of digital technology within your inquiry as part of the emphasis on future-focused teaching and learning.
  • You will need the support of your employer.
  • Where collaborations and partnerships with others are required, you will have established their willingness to be involved.
  • You will need to be able to work in a culturally responsive way that acknowledges CORE Education’s Tiriti o Waitangi partnership commitment.
  • You will have started to test out some ideas and be looking for support and challenge to continue this work.
  • You will be in a position where you have the time and motivation to undertake this project during 2020.
  • You will be prepared to share your findings — the learning, approaches, practices — at uLearn 2020 and with the wider educational community through a written report, a blog and an EDtalk.

Your action research will need to align with one or more of the following future-focused themes, as identified by Bolstad, Gilbert, McDowall, Bull, Boyd and Hipkins (2012):

  • Personalising learning
  • New views of equity, diversity, and inclusivity
  • A curriculum that uses knowledge to develop learning capacity
  • Changing the script: rethinking learners’ and teachers’ roles
  • A culture of continuous learning for teachers and educational leaders
  • New kinds of partnerships and relationships: schools no longer siloed from the community.

For more information on these themes see the full report.

For inspiration, take a look at the work of previous Dr Vince Ham eFellows reports.

Selection criteria

Below are the criteria for selection that will be worked through by a selection panel.

Applicants are welcome from all sectors. Applicants are invited to complete their application in either English or te Reo Māori.

Applications are scored on how well you:

  • articulate the background and purpose of the intended action research
  • identify the potential for the proposed inquiry to produce significant change in effective and equitable teaching and learning
  • explain how the intended action research links to at least one of the future-focused themes outlined in Bolstad et al. (2012)
  • demonstrate your commitment as a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner
  • demonstrate professional curiosity and a willingness to innovate and expand your thinking
  • show evidence of how you have started to innovate and test new ideas.

Where other criteria are equal, preference will be given to candidates whose projects are most likely to benefit learners from communities with fewer resources. You must provide evidence of support from your employer for your participation in the eFellowship.

The selection panel

The panel is made up of a minimum of five people, including:

  • at least two CORE Education representatives
  • a current eFellow not employed by CORE Education
  • a prominent member of the education community.

Additionally, at least one member of the panel will be:

  • able to contribute a te ao Māori perspective on the selection process
  • a fluent te reo Māori speaker

CORE Education may co-opt other members onto the panel if necessary. The panel's decision is final.

Applications are now closed for the 2020 eFellowship

Applications opened: Thursday 10 October 2019

Applications closed: Monday 2 December 2019

Shortlisted applicants notified: Thursday 12 December 2019

Virtual interviews with shortlisted applicants: 13-19 December 2019

Applicants informed of final outcome: Friday 24 January 2020