Action Research as a Practice-Based Practice

Sep. 30, 2009

Source: Educational Action Research, Volume 17, Issue 3 September 2009, pages 463 - 474.

Action research changes people's practices, their understandings of their practices, and the conditions under which they practice. It changes people's patterns of 'saying', 'doing' and 'relating' to form new patterns - new ways of life. It is a meta-practice: a practice that changes other practices. It transforms the sayings, doings and relating that compose those other practices.

Action research is also a practice, composed of sayings, doing and relating. Different kinds of action research - technical, practical and critical - are composed in different patterns of saying, doing and relating, as different ways of life.

This article suggests that 'Education for Sustainability', as an educational movement within the worldwide social movement responding to global warming, may be a paradigm example of critical action research.

Updated: Dec. 08, 2009