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Research at ISP


How Can We Improve Learning and Teaching in a Post-COVID-19 World?

In order to measure the success of online learning systems and structures during COVID-19 confinement, the ISP Centre for Research and Professional Development will be coordinating a number of research projects both at the International School of Paris and abroad. The evolution of student wellbeing, the impact of independent learning strategies on wellbeing and engagement with online learning will all be studied. To join the research, please contact us at We hope to transform isolation into collaboration, sharing insight that will help us think differently about learning and teaching in a new era. 



How Is Research Defined at ISP?

All members of the ISP community believe that...

  • inspiring inquiry and innovation is important;
  • learning is not a journey to a destination, it is a mindset;
  • it is important to participate actively in the development of innovative and influential educational practices;
  • research should be embedded in student learning and professional practice.

The Centre for Research and Professional Development at the International School of Paris is a network of individuals whose collective curiosity drives knowledge generation. Network members seek to close the gap between theory and classroom practice and to contribute more profoundly to the creation of a learning society.

The Centre for Research and Professional Development:

  • offers professional development opportunities that prioritise personal growth;
  • produces learning tools that facilitate student and teacher research;
  • is developing a mentoring programme that will serve both the ISP and a broader community.



All members of the learning community will understand that they are the link between what we know and what we have not yet discovered.
ISP Research Centre Steering Committee, 2019
In all IB programmes, teaching is based on inquiry. A strong emphasis is placed on students finding their own information and constructing their own understandings.
The International Baccalaureate, 2017
The natural counterpoint to an inquiry-based curriculum is a research-led organisation.
Simon Murray, 2017

The Research Network and the Centre's Support Structure

Researchers (students, staff and all other members of the ISP community) are at the centre of the ISP research network.
Mentors assist researchers by providing necessary support, including methodological advice or assistance in presenting a research project.
The Steering Committee members set the strategic direction and goals for the Centre in addition to providing guidance in important domains, such as ethics.
Curators recruit and train mentors and celebrate community achievements.

To find out more, download the ISP Centre for Research and Professional Development brochure.


How Can I Contact or Join the ISP Centre for Research and Professional Development?

To learn more, or to join the network, please contact:
The ISP Research Centre Steering Committee,
Follow us on Twitter @isparisedu and search for #ISPresearch for the most recent research news.



Which Research Projects Are Planned for 2019-20?

The Be the Change You Want to See learning conference in June 2019 at ISP's Cortambert campus was the opportunity for ISP staff to determine which research questions would structure the 2019-20 academic year.
All whole-school research questions link to an area of the School's long-term strategic plan (areas pictured in the graphic below).
Certain staff choose to work on individual action research projects and those are also listed below.





The Role of the Educator

How might we create and maintain a culture of mindfulness within the ISP community?

How might we better align practices with the literature on assessment?

The Student Experience

How might we encourage the whole community to support service learning?

How might we measure learning during Paris as a Classroom excursions?

Curriculum Development

How might we create and implement a research skills toolbox for all students and teachers?


Embracing Change

How are the Guiding Statements currently embedded in learning and teaching?



How do we create learning spaces to which all feel connected?

How might we implement a sustainable development policy?


How does a research culture impact on learning and teaching?


Individual Action Research Projects

Which strategies can we use to improve knowledge retention?
How might we create a human library containing breathing books? (The ISP Human Library is up and running and you can visit its home page to find out more about the project, or to get involved!)
How might guided free time during school hours (The Big Room Programme) impact on the student experience in Grade 10?

How might we improve Early Learners' motor skills through the SuperGym Programme?

The History of the Centre for Research and Professional Development

Professional learning at ISP has always been an attitude of mind and a programme of supported activities.

During its 56-year history, the School has invested significantly in conventional training, in partnership with both national and international agencies. The ISP community benefits from the considerable expertise of existing faculty, many of whom are examiners, workshop leaders and conference speakers.

In 2014 ISP created an action research community which contributes to educational development and innovation, whether through ongoing research groups, the annual research conference and debate series or the School's role as the Paris host to IB Workshops.


Which Resources Are Available to the Research Network?

The Centre for Research and Professional Development is open to the public, and we encourage you to interact with our resources. These currently include our blogs, a searchable Resource Catalogue (a collection of links to the research that inspires network members), a calendar of events at the Centre and a calendar of educational events in Paris or farther afield.
If you would like to attend any of the events taking place at the Centre, please contact The Research Centre Steering Committee,



Research and Professional Development Events at ISP

Research and Professional Development Events in Paris and Abroad