Source: Educational Action Research, Volume 19, Issue 1, 2011, pages 59-72.
This study involved eight action research teacher teams.
Analysis of the teams as they conducted action research resulted in the identification of three collaborative action research approaches promoting professional development.
The findings showed that collaborative engagement of teachers in these approaches was influenced by three factors: time to engage and collaborate, workload, and group dynamics.
These factors were enacted in the three approaches in different ways.
Knowledge of teacher experiences within these three collaborative action research approaches can: inform school administrators and professional organizations to facilitate professional development; and guide novice teacher researchers to plan in ways that minimize the challenges of action research.