Margaret Adeane, Academic Director at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, has been selected to represent New Zealand in an exciting new initiative to undertake action research projects for girls’ schools across the globe.

Adeane will be working on the Global Action Research Collaborative pilot programme in partnership with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (US), Girls’ Schools Association and Girls’ Day School Trust (UK), alongside eight other leading figures from Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and South Africa.

“It is exciting to be part of the project, coming at a key moment in Marsden School’s own journey which strongly focuses on student wellbeing”, says Adeane. “We are searching for the right way to understand and articulate learning through the lens of today’s critical skillset so it is fantastic to be sharing learning and experience with educators of girls from around the world”.

The action research ‘Feedback to move forward, thrive and grow’, is in response to stress experienced by students across the world regarding assessments, testing and examinations. Adeane will be investigating teaching girls to fail and thrive in unstructured contexts, to develop the right language to help girls learn ‘the right way to fail’ and connect these classroom lessons to learning for life.

Loren Bridge, Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Executive Officer says “The calibre of the candidates and their proposed action research projects is outstanding. The benefits that will accrue to the girls’ schools taking part in the Global Action Research Collaborative cannot be understated.”

The 18-month programme has already commenced for the nine teachers, who will present their findings at the Global Forum III on Girls’ Education in Boston in June 2021.


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