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This study aimed to understand how a journal club, which is used in the science and medical fields to connect theory to practice, could be used in teacher education to reduce the theory–practice gap. The authors argue that the journal club incorporated the three characteristics of a community of practice: learning, meaning, and identity. As the participants presented, discussed, and tied the articles they chose to their practice, their initiative to make the journal club a site for learning grew (enterprise), they grew to respect and trust one another (mutuality), and they became more aware of how participation in the journal club helped them to improve their practice (repertoire).
Updated: Nov. 11, 2018
Understanding Change in Teachers’ Ways of Being through Collaborative Action Research: A Cultural–Historical Activity Theory Analysis
The authors’ goal is to seek to understand the factors that affect changes in the teachers’ identities. The authors report on a study of teachers engaged in collaborative action research (CAR) to improve their implementation of digital photography in their teaching. The research design combines the use of ethnographic methods, participatory evaluation methods and action research. The authors use cultural–historical activity theory to understand why the data suggest that there was little change in the teachers’ identity by the end of the first cycle of action research, while those who participated in both the initial action research and the CAR group had a change in their identities.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2010
This article began as a response to the article 'Action research as narrative: five principles for validation' by Heikkinen, Huttunen and Syrjala, which appears in this issue of Educational Action Research. In so doing it addresses the question 'How can we tell whether an action research study is good?' by arguing that validity is a construct that can be used to evaluate the quality of qualitative research studies, including action research.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2008