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The Collaborative Action Research Network: 30 Years of Agency in Developing Educational Action Research
This article provides an analysis of the Collaborative Action Research Network's (CARN) origins and development since its foundation in 1976. Cultural-historical activity theory is used as an analytical framework: key concepts are succinctly summarised and then used to identify and explore CARN's agency in developing educational action research. The article focuses on key themes of CARN's activity, such as developing teachers' knowledge as an engine of school reform, establishing an action research literature and supporting the challenging processes of collaboration. The article explores some of the disruptions and contradictions in CARN over the years. The article concludes with an agenda for future development.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2010
Action Research for Educational Reform: Remodelling Action Research Theories and Practices in Local Contexts
The article examines how action research theories and practices are remodelled in local contexts and used to support educational reform. The article analyzes 46 publications from the period 2000-2008. It identifies five 'variations' in the globalized theory and practice of action research: action research in times of political upheaval and transition; action research as a state-sponsored means of reforming schooling; co-option of action research by Western governments and school systems to control teachers; action research as a university-led reform movement; and action research as locally-sponsored systemic reform sustained over time.
Updated: May. 14, 2009