Section archive - Research Methods
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Exploring the Utility of Action Research to Investigate Second‐Language Classrooms as Complex Systems
In this article, the authors argue that adopting a complexity‐theory perspective, which requires teachers to be dynamic and complex in their approach, helps in identifying action research as a suitable research tradition for investigating second‐language classrooms and in turn using it widely to invigorate the field of applied linguistics.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012
A Narrative of an Action Research Study in Preschool: Choice Points and their Implications for Professional and Organisational Development
This article focuses on some of the choice points and their implications for professional and organisational development in Swedish preschool. The preschool teachers in this study show that pedagogical change is possible, although it takes time and is not necessarily endorsed by municipal employers.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2012
This paper presents a case study of a beginning science teacher’s year-long action research project, during which she developed a meaningful grasp of learning from practice. An extended action research experience in the second year of induction proved valuable to the teacher in learning how to modify her teaching to reach her goal, using evidence of student learning as her guide.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012
In this article, the authors build a framework for studying collaborative teacher education, emphasizing linkages among theory, innovation, and outcomes.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2012
The current article describes a case study undertaken in a Spanish school during the 2007–2008 academic year. The purpose of this article is to explain how action research methodology was applied to encourage professional and school culture towards an intercultural and inclusive approach. The results show that the training process challenged teachers’ pre-existing deficit theory perspectives and empowered them as leaders for school change.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2012
This paper reports on a collective self-study from the authors' multiple and unique experiences of teaching self-study research in the Netherlands and the United States. The collective study resulted in six guidelines for a pedagogy of teaching self-study research.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2012
Throughout the school year, the author invited all 14 children in a Grade Two/Three learning strategies classroom to participate in a visual narrative inquiry. The intention was to explore children’s knowledge of community in artful ways, and through this to more deeply attend to the children’s thoughts of community. The use of visual narrative inquiry within a classroom opened up the possibility for a deeper understanding of the children’s understanding of community, and the possibility to challenge the mandated curriculum, as well as to change classroom practices.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012
This article uses Campbell and Fulford's framework to examine links between research and practice in a collaborative cross-cultural partnership. The article describes a partnership between the School of Education at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education and the University of Waikato. This paper attempts to develop a greater understanding of how knowledge mobilisation can take place when partners are from different cultures, when much communication has to take place through unreliable information and communication technologies, and when partners meet at intervals only.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2012
This paper uses a mixed-methods approach to discuss three challenges that educational researchers face .The authors describe their own attempts to address these challenges in a longitudinal study of reading and mathematics instruction in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in moderate- to high-poverty schools.
Updated: May. 23, 2012
The objective of this article was to describe collaboration of the collaborative action research participants in detail and describe what they have learned. The participants were fourteen secondary teachers who came from different regions of the Netherlands, three facilitators and an academic researcher. The findings suggest that participants contributed to the collaboration by investing time and effort (contextual conditions) and by staying open, taking each others’ opinions seriously and learning how to be critical without passing judgment (communicative conditions). The authors argue that successful collaboration that includes the knowledge and questions of the participants offers an open space for authentic learning through dialogue.
Updated: May. 22, 2012