Aboriginal Inquiry: Lifting All Learners

An Impact Assessment of the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN)

1.3 The structure of the report

As a guide to the reader, we include a summary of the sections of the report that will follow.

Section I will include background information for the study including a more detailed history of the AES Network . Section 2 includes a summary of the literature reviewed in preparation for this report. The literature highlighted was selected based on an analysis of the original research questions so as to have evidence from which to measure impact and effect. The literature review therefore draws upon current thinking in how to best construct or approach Aboriginal education in the K-12 sector in BC ; professional development and teacher learning, including professional learning communities and forms of networked learning; and how non- Aboriginal teachers can learn about Aboriginal pedagogy and culturally inclusive teaching practice.

Section 3 provides greater detail about the impact study’s methodology; here the approach to data collection, the scope of the research inquiry, research sites and methods of analysis are summarized.

Section 4 will be the first of three sections that summarizes the data collected. Section 4 will discuss the Arrow Lakes school district; Section 5 will discuss the Prince Rupert school district. Section 6 includes an analysis of the inquiry based research projects completed since the Network began in 2009. Section 7 provides thematic analysis of the data from the focus groups and individual interviews conducted.

Section 8 contains an analysis and assessment of those areas of impact that have greatest significance. Section 9 summarizes the report’s key findings and implications for policy makers. This is followed by references and several appendices of resources shared by teachers and other members of the Network.