ACTION RESEARCH THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGING AND RESEARCHING PRACTICE

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Action Research The Challenges Of Changing And Researching Practice

Author : Townsend, Andrew
ISBN : 9780335244430
Genre : Education
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How can practice be understood and developed? What part can action research play in that process? What principles lie at the heart of action research and how can they be adopted? How can action research bring about democratic and collaborative changes to practice? These and other questions are answered in this book which offers both a practical step-by-step guide to action research and an examination of the underlying principles and challenges. Action research as an approach aims to generate knowledge and achieve principled change. This book explores the overarching features and a variety of models of action research to provide advice, guidance, and support on its conduct and to identify challenges that may arise, with a focus on understanding and changing practice as a result. Throughout the book examples of action research illustrate each of the stages of action research so that you can see how action research has been conducted and applied in practice, and how this relates to the principles and practices of action research discussed in the book. Conducting action research can present a number of challenges. This book includes reflection points on the challenges posed, as well as advice on how these challenges may be addressed in order to achieve embedded and sustainable change. "The book to recommend to your students to help them understand how action research has developed as a form of inquiry and support them to plan their own studies. By clearly setting out the principles that underpin the process, and by linking to examples of how others have carried out research across a range of professions, it goes beyond being a basic introductory text and provides them with multiple routes into this complex and challenging area. Whether you are a novice or experienced researcher this book will provide you with new ways of thinking and challenge your conceptions about the theory and practice of action research. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and practical resources it will help you position yourself amongst the various influences that have shaped the area. The clearly laid out chapters provide you with a step by step process to designing an action research project. At each stage it provides links to key constructs and examples that will help you clarify your thinking and support as you implement your study." Professor Mark Hadfield, Director, Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education, University of Wolverhampton, UK "This book fully embraces the 'glorious and challenging diversity of action research' and is essential reading for anyone interested in undertaking any form of educational research. Written by a passionate exponent of action research, this book provides an excellent introduction into the topic and develops a number of key issues about the nature and context of action research. The author provides a detailed discussion of the current debate and goes on to deal with the practical challenges involved in the development of action research projects. Well written, in a challenging and accessible style, Action Research makes a major contribution to the improvement of teaching and learning that lies at the heart of action research." Ian Abbott, Director, Institute of Education, University of Warwick, UK "This refreshing new book will prove invaluable to teachers embarking on Masters-level Action Research studies. By drawing widely on scholarship to illuminate the practical challenges and problematic issues arising for practitioner-researchers, this book operates as a guide, a resource and also as a stimulating companion through the research process; it encourages readers to design and to refine action research approaches that meet the needs of their learners and the wider community. It will help teachers to redefine their practices and to confidently establish themselves as principled andprofessional teacher-researchers." Dr Andy Convery, University of Sunderland, UK "This book is a rich and useful text both for those wanting to explore the practice of action research and the key ideas underpinning it as an approach. Andrew Townsend brings much experience as a researcher, thinker and developer of action research in educational settings to this book." Professor Colleen McLaughlin, University of Cambridge (moving to Sussex) "I have recommended this book for practitioners on the action research programme we carry out. It is much more than a how to guide; it raises the fundamental questions about the nature of action research. One of its key strengths is that it discusses the tensions within action research in a critical manner and invites readers to reach their own conclusions. It succeeds admirably in its aim of appealing to a broad readership, including those new to action research or those wanting to know more about it." Mick Hammond, University of Warwick, UK
Category: Education

Action Research Innovation And Change

Author : Thomas Stern
ISBN : 9781317916079
Genre : Education
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Action research continues to see a growth in interest both internationally and across disciplines. This book demonstrates the diversity in settings and focus for action research and provides a guide to its core aspiration: to achieve principled change. Written by authors from a range of countries and range of disciplines (including education, health care, palliative care, social work and community development), this book answers these key questions: How can action research be used to achieve principled change? How has action research been applied in various disciplines and in different countries? What can be learnt about the conduct of action research from these diverse settings? By means of detailed case studies of successful projects and discussions that challenge and raise theoretical questions, this book explores some of the contemporary cutting edge applications and conceptualisations of action research. Action research paves the way for the empowerment of people involved in social action, and the examples of successful change processes that are the core of this book will prove inspirational and provide practical advice. Written by a range of leading international researchers in the field, this book will define the future for action research for years to come.
Category: Education

Talking About God In Practice

Author : Deborah Bhatti
ISBN : 9780334043638
Genre : Religion
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A first-rate textbook for students and researchers in Practical Theology written by some of the leading practical theologians in the UK.
Category: Religion

Researching Practice

Author : Joy Higgs
ISBN : 9460911811
Genre : Education
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Researching practice: A discourse on qualitative methodologies explores issues, strategies and challenges associated with researching practice. The authors bring a wealth of research practice wisdom and experience to this task. The book provides critical and creative input to the discourse on qualitative research methodologies. It is divided into four sections. The first section explores the issues that frame qualitative research on practice in the 21st century. Section Two is concerned with locating the questions, practices and issues of qualitative research on practice in researchers' journeys and presents a three themes - connections, transformations and challenges. Section Three makes accessible a range of qualitative approaches commonly used to research practice. The final section explores future considerations in qualitative research discourse.
Category: Education

Researching Practice In Mission And Ministry

Author : Helen Cameron
ISBN : 9780334046240
Genre : Religion
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This book proposes to bring together three elements for the benefit of those researching practice in ministry and mission: • how to design research that enables questions about practice to be answered in a theological framework. • how to address the methodological and epistemological issues that arise in relating empirical research to theology. • how to manage a piece of research as a project alongside other responsibilities. Students in PT mostly rely on research methods books written for social science students which tend to assume that the student is young and full-time. This book will act as a companion to student and supervisor needing to bring all three elements listed above together.
Category: Religion

Changing Practices Changing Education

Author : Stephen Kemmis
ISBN : 9789814560474
Genre : Education
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This book aims to help teachers and those who support them to re-imagine the work of teaching, learning and leading. In particular, it shows how transformations of educational practice depend on complementary transformations in classroom-school- and system-level organisational cultures, resourcing and politics. It argues that transforming education requires more than professional development to transform teachers; it also calls for fundamental changes in learning and leading practices, which in turn means reshaping organisations that support teachers and teaching – organisational cultures, the resources organisations provide and distribute, and the relationships that connect people with one another in organisations. The book is based on findings from new research being conducted by the authors – the research team for the (2010-2012) Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project Leading and Learning: Developing Ecologies of Educational Practice.
Category: Education

Doing Action Research In Your Own Organization

Author : David Coghlan
ISBN : 9781473904095
Genre : Social Science
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The fourth edition of this bestselling book is packed full of practical, expert advice on how to navigate the murky waters of ethics, politics and management in your own organization. Multidisciplinary in its approach to action research, the book sets out a step-by-step template for researchers to follow and adapt. Coghlan and Brannick: Introduce and contextualise action research as a method Provide guidance on how to design and implement your action research project Explore interlevel dynamics Discuss role duality and access Suggest effective ways to analyse your data Provide helpful tips on how to disseminate your findings. The book and supporting companion website are the ideal resource for students, researchers and practitioners hoping to generate real change through their action research project and will be particularly relevant to those studying Business and Management, Nursing and Health, Education and Sociology. Available with Perusall—an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more.
Category: Social Science

The Study Of Food Tourism Hospitality And Events

Author : Sue Beeton
ISBN : 9789811306389
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book elaborates upon, critiques and discusses 21st-century approaches to scholarship and research in the food, tourism, hospitality, and events trades and applied professions, using case examples of innovative practice. The specific field considered in this book is also placed against the backdrop of the larger question of how universities and other institutions of higher learning are evolving and addressing the new relationships between research, scholarship and teaching.
Category: Business & Economics

Introduction To Critical Reflection And Action For Teacher Researchers

Author : Bernie Sullivan
ISBN : 9781317435112
Genre : Education
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Introducing Critical Reflection and Action for Teacher Researchers provides crucial direction for educators looking to improve their teaching and maximise learning. While many students can grasp the basic elements of researching their practice and can write about practitioner research, some need guidance and assistance to reflect meaningfully on their teaching practice so as to articulate their educational values. This book provides this guidance. It also shows readers how to engage in critical reflection so as to identify their learning and generate theory from it. The book explores how to engage in an authentic, practical and personalised framework, allowing critical reflection and action on educational practice. Moving through the process of reflecting on practice, engaging in critical thinking, and planning and taking action, it helps the reader to subsequently generate educational theory from their own personal learning. Examples from the authors’ experiences illustrate the objectives and issues raised in each section, with ‘Pause and Reflect’ activities, guidelines for conducting a research project, and annotated further reading available for every chapter. Introducing Critical Reflection and Action for Teacher Researchers is based on the idea that reflection is in itself is a deliberate action and something we must live - it is key to understanding our practice and is a core component of action research. This book is a valuable guide for teachers, trainee teachers and researchers interested in reflecting on and enhancing their teaching practice.
Category: Education

Action Research

Author : Jack Whitehead
ISBN : 9781847874641
Genre : Social Science
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In Action Research: Living Theory, Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead set out their vision for action research in the 21st Century. This is a passionate, and compelling book, that defines the philosophy behind action research and the process of doing action research for all those interested in this fast growing area. It sets in place the foundations of action research as a discipline, and roots action research as a compassionate , ethical and politically-engaged form of enquiry. McNiff and Whitehead's book will be essential reading for all those with an interest in Action Research.
Category: Social Science