• ECD Practioners
    • Development of Monitoring Tools
    • Development of Monitoring Tools
  • Educational Toy Distribution and Crèche Renovation
  • Development of Learning Material
  • Achievements
  • Practioner Based Reasearch Support


Practioner Based Reasearch is conducted by an individual or group that assumes a dual role, both as a practitioner and as a researcher. It is typically carried out for the purpose of advancing the practice. It offers a reflective and systematic approach that places a study setting and participants at the heart of the study. It incorporates the collective knowledge of the community, and increases the likelihood that results will be applied. The methods may vary, but the role and relationships of the researcher and participants must be carefully negotiated and articulated.

This method of research has a number of advantages such as:

  • Generating local, practice-based knowledge that is deeply contextualised and meaningfully embedded in a specific environment
  • The construction of practice-based narratives that can be viewed and engaged with as a way of thinking about and approaching theory-research-practice-policy connections and integrations
  • The development of individual and collaborative research projects that push against traditional expert-learner dichotomies which can serve to re-inscribe power asymmetries and support structural oppression
  • The transformative possibilities of local research that works from decidedly relational, contextualised, person-centered and equity-oriented perspectives and methodologies
  • Contributing to an understanding of the methodological approaches that help practitioners cultivate the knowledge, skills and dispositions that support and generate taking an inquiry stance on practice (Cochran-Smith & Lytle, 1999; 2009).
Fundisani Thuto is committed to seeking opportunities to give practitioners the time and space to reflect, experiment, apply, and also generate their own, evidence, in order to improve their and their colleagues' practice and ultimately outcomes for learners.

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