Search results for: Action research
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Participatory Action Research as Pedagogy: Investigating Social and Ecological Justice Learning within a Teacher Education Program
This article describes a research collective, which sets out to investigate the role and impact of social and ecological justice learning in a teacher education program. Amidst the tensions, negotiations, and articulations of the research design, the collective came to recognize the spaces of participatory action research as sites of growth and efficacy toward justice learning. And, each began to perceive themselves as both impacted by educational structures and as agents enacting their own visions of professional practice. These outcomes are discussed in the context of the growing body of participatory action research, emphasizing the dynamic learning precipitated within the intersections of the research collective.
Updated: Jul. 07, 2015
Student-teachers As Researchers: Towards A Professional Development Orientation in Teacher Education. Possibilities and Limitations in the Greek University
This study has two goals: it investigates how to design a university undergraduate course on action research; and It also explores how the students’ involvement in action research influences the construction of their personal educational theory. The findings reveal that educational action research can be taught to students if it is praxis oriented, linking theory and practice within reflective action. The students also managed to practically link action research and collaborative action learning, approaching teaching as learning to a certain extent and realising that learning is predicated on active experience and improved through cyclical processes.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015
In this article, the author uses a general philosophy of science perspective in looking at the problem of justifying action research. First he tries to clarify the concept of justification, by contrasting it with the concept of validity, which seems to be used almost as a synonym in some parts of the literature. He discusses the need for taking a stand in relation to the questions of validity and justification also in action research.
Updated: Jun. 08, 2015
“Advanced Classes? They’re Only for White Kids”: How One Kansas School Is Changing the Face of Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
This study focused on students enrolled in the advanced history classes. It aimed to obtain an accurate picture of minority student enrollment in advanced placement classes at Wichita High School East. The author was interested in developing a plan of action to close the achievement gap between White and non-White students. She determined that the initial action needed was to disseminate the data to teachers and administrators to increase their awareness of the high school’s current status. The results reveal that enrollment in advanced history classes by ninth graders increased. The positive results of this study were the enhanced teacher awareness, and the increased overall student enrollment in the advanced history classes.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2015
This article explores the difficulties that novice teachers confront at two economically, socially, and academically disadvantaged schools in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The difficulties these teachers face include issues related to parent involvement, resources, students’ basic learning background, teaching strategies for students with particular needs, discipline, work overload, and career preparation and curricular reform.
Updated: Mar. 12, 2015
The purpose of this study was to explore how middle grades interns planned, conducted, and reflected upon their teaching practices as the result of conducting action research. The findings revealed that conducting action research engaged the participants in inquiry into their own practice. The interns realized that this process gave them the opportunity to question their existing personal beliefs and to reform their personal theories upon which change in practice could support effective student learning. Additionally, this process was a means to reflect upon and determine ways to change their teaching practices. These interns focused on the students and used assessments that would help them to learn how to assist all of their students, including those that were struggling. Finally, meaningful action research that involves critical examination requires a great deal of cooperation.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2015
Action Research, Pedagogy, and Activity Theory: Tools Facilitating Two Instructors’ Interpretations of the Professional Development of Four Preservice Teachers
This article describes the complexity of the preservice secondary school mathematics teachers' experiences in their use of action research as a tool provided for them in the teacher education program. It also examines what do the teacher educators learn about their repertoires and those of their students as they develop the research project within and across the disciplines. The findings show that the participants built trust overtime, which helped them to share their challenges with their instructors. The instructors realized that there needed to be a stronger connection between the PSSM teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. The participants had hands-on experience and they are more confident to continue doing action research and become more reflective in their own classrooms. Furthermore, they enhanced their skills for students’ mathematics learning context.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2015
Communities of Practice and Participatory Action Research: The Formation of a Synergy for the Development of Museum Programmes for Early Childhood
The purpose of this study was to integrate the ideas of community of practice and participatory action research. This integration formed by the synergy between a natural history museum and a university department of pre-school education, which undertook participatory action research aimed at the creation of innovative museum programmes for young children. Data analysis and the evaluation of the research process show that the community was able to bring its situated knowledge into question and interrogate propositional knowledge. The authors conclude that both communities of educational practice and participatory action research can help participants develop the shared vision that is necessary for the development of a rigorous and better practice.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2014
Using Online Social Networks to Foster Preservice Teachers’ Membership in a Networked Community of Praxis
The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of using online social networks with preservice history teachers. The findings revealed that the Ning was an environment that allowed for real-time discussions of praxis that engaged not only their students, but other preservice and in-service teachers from around the world. The students had meaningful conversations concerning praxis online during the semester they were required to do so. These conversations reinforced the learning occurring in this seminar and at students’ practicum sites.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
In this article, the authors focused on findings from qualitative research on the effects of action research by reporting two linked quantitative studies. The authors' first goal was to triangulate the findings from their quantitative inquiry with the results from qualitative studies in order to increase the generalizability of claims previously reported. Their second goal was to identify potential moderators of action research impact on teachers. The contribution of these two studies to the corpus of action research literature is twofold. First, the authors confirmed two important benefits of action research participation reported by qualitative researchers, improved teacher attitudes to educational research and increased self-efficacy. Second, they found moderators of the impact of action research that help identify conditions in which action research is particularly likely to benefit teachers.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2014