Social Justice in Practice? Exploring Teacher Candidates’ Commitment Toward Change Agency Through Action Research

May. 10, 2015

Source: Action in Teacher Education, Volume 37, Issue 2, 2015, pages 156-171

This qualitative study explores how candidates’ action research (AR) projects reflect critical AR.
The author argues candidates who conduct critical AR promote its emancipatory goals and indicate a commitment to act as change agents for social justice through education.

The author analyzed course assignments, student interviews, and her observation notes from a graduate-level AR course to discover how students’ AR projects demonstrate a commitment toward change agency.

Candidates’ AR projects reveal that the majority explored cultural and institutional factors that may affect schooling.
Additionally, students reported actions taken during and after the AR course that show a developing commitment to incorporate democratic practices into the teaching and learning process.
Their reasons for research topics posed appeared to be practical and emancipatory. Implications for future research and teaching AR courses are discussed.

Updated: Feb. 29, 2016