Search results for: Action research
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The current study describes the experiences of a group of teacher educators as they worked together in a collaborative research activity investigating theories of literacy and the preparation of secondary teachers. After four years of collaboration, the narratives of the members of the group revealed (a) changes to the practices and identities of the participants, (b) how the group formed a community, and (c) the ways in which the institution supported the work of the group.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2012
The current article describes a case study undertaken in a Spanish school during the 2007–2008 academic year. The purpose of this article is to explain how action research methodology was applied to encourage professional and school culture towards an intercultural and inclusive approach. The results show that the training process challenged teachers’ pre-existing deficit theory perspectives and empowered them as leaders for school change.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2012
Throughout the school year, the author invited all 14 children in a Grade Two/Three learning strategies classroom to participate in a visual narrative inquiry. The intention was to explore children’s knowledge of community in artful ways, and through this to more deeply attend to the children’s thoughts of community. The use of visual narrative inquiry within a classroom opened up the possibility for a deeper understanding of the children’s understanding of community, and the possibility to challenge the mandated curriculum, as well as to change classroom practices.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012
This article uses Campbell and Fulford's framework to examine links between research and practice in a collaborative cross-cultural partnership. The article describes a partnership between the School of Education at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education and the University of Waikato. This paper attempts to develop a greater understanding of how knowledge mobilisation can take place when partners are from different cultures, when much communication has to take place through unreliable information and communication technologies, and when partners meet at intervals only.
Updated: Jun. 06, 2012
The objective of this article was to describe collaboration of the collaborative action research participants in detail and describe what they have learned. The participants were fourteen secondary teachers who came from different regions of the Netherlands, three facilitators and an academic researcher. The findings suggest that participants contributed to the collaboration by investing time and effort (contextual conditions) and by staying open, taking each others’ opinions seriously and learning how to be critical without passing judgment (communicative conditions). The authors argue that successful collaboration that includes the knowledge and questions of the participants offers an open space for authentic learning through dialogue.
Updated: May. 22, 2012
The present paper describes the efforts of a group of teacher educators in a university education department in UK used action research to examine their research situation, and what conclusions they reached. Four major themes were identified in the researchers' analysis: benefits from their collaboration; greater understanding of themselves as researchers; broadened research perspectives; and barriers to their own research and how they might be surmounted. All the researchers realized that collaborative action research helped them to see their situations more clearly and they felt stronger as a result.
Updated: Apr. 02, 2012
Action research aims to explore new ways of doing things, new ways of thinking, and new ways of relating to one another and to the world. In this article, the author wants to explore the place of action research in shaping and making history by changing what is done. The author argues that the first concern of action researchers should be the contribution of their action to history, not so much to theory. To find out what needs to be done differently, we need action research that will inform our individual praxis and inform our collective praxis.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2012
Teachers need to examine their own epistemology in relation to the racial/ethnic background of the children they teach. Hence, this action research study which investigates how one teacher educator analyzed her pedagogy and engaged her students in writing narratives about working with children, families, and co-workers who are racially and ethnically different from themselves.
Updated: Dec. 27, 2011
This article describes Lebanese teachers’ views on Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The teachers expressed their views on what constitutes effective CPD, why this is needed and how this influences their practice. Findings showed that CPD in Lebanon focuses on workshops as coordinators conjecture, but there is no follow‐up for application of what is learned. Findings also indicate a need to have more structured and systematic CPD for all teachers with a focus on action research and mentoring.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011
Effects of Communities of Reflecting Peers on Student-teacher Development - including in-depth Case Studies
The current study on reflection and peer feedback is part of an ongoing action research addressing the design and pedagogical model of a theoretically oriented teacher training course. The course comprised face-to-face lessons followed by written reflections of the student-teachers concerning their learning experiences. These reflections were presented for peer feedback - thereby initiating a community of reflecting peers and were additionally subjected to instructor feedback. This article may encourage teacher educators and student-teachers themselves to incorporate co-reflecting in their course planning and community planning.
Updated: Jul. 05, 2011