During the initial development of the action research approach it became clear that the use of images and non-verbal methods of communicating would be key to successfully expanding the approach to include all members of the school community. In September 2004, some school-based work was carried out. A range of image-focused activities with school children was used to test and demonstrate ways of engaging children (and parents) in action research. A side product of the activities was that participating teachers observed and learned about approaches that could form part of their efforts towards more active learning in their other classroom or extra-curricular work.In May 2005 further activities were conducted in primary school classes
in Mpika (with children aged approximately 12), with two main
1) to investigate each of the image-based activities tested in
September in more detail
2) to further demonstrate the value of image-based activities within
inclusive education work; partly for the benefit of participating
schools and partly for a study tour team from Ethiopia who are
relatively new to inclusive education.