Conducting a reflective inquiry

A step-by-step guide to conduct a reflective inquiry into your practice

The Teacher Scheme for Educational Dialogue Analysis (T-SEDA) is an extensive, open resource that supports practitioners in developing dialogic teaching and learning and in leading their own inquiry and impact activities. The T-SEDA approach is grounded in the belief that reflective inquiry lies at the heart of teaching including individual self-reflection and collaborative professional development.

Guidance regarding conducting a reflective inquiry

Review Part E of the T-SEDA pack | doc for guidance regarding conducting a reflective inquiry.

  • Downloadable version of the reflective inquiry cycle | doc This template has three parts to help you record your inquiry details:

    • Part A has the blank reflective cycle
    • Part B offers a planning and reflection template to help you plan your inquiry
    • Part C offers a case study template for you to record your inquiries to mobilise your learning afterwards.
      Facilitators, having a tailored case study template for your setting can be a good way of mobilising effective practice and progress within different departments or groups of teachers.
  • Template of a self-audit | doc into your practice and consider the results prior to starting your reflective inquiry

Helpful videos

In addition, Collection 2 of our Introductory Video Series offers several helpful videos, including:

  • Video 5, an overview of T-SEDA
  • Video 6, guidance on completing a self-audit of your practice

  • Video 7, reviews the steps in a reflective cycle and has a detailed focus on the first three steps: ‘interest and aims’, ‘focus and inquiry questions’, and ‘inquiry plan and methods’

  • Video 8, describes some of the ethical issues you might encounter when carrying out an inquiry, and the steps you can take to make sure that you inquiry is ethical

In addition, Collection 3 offers guidance on systematically analysing teacher-student dialogue. This includes how to use the coding scheme, the different ways you can carry out coding of dialogue in your classroom and the tools and templates that are provided in the T-SEDA pack that will help you to do this.

MOOC on dialogue

Take a look at our new MOOC on educational dialogue!


An interactive version of the T-SEDA resource pack