ERIC Number: ED230613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Action Research in a University Laboratory School: An Interview Study.
Ross, Dorene Doerre
Fifteen teachers who have conducted group or individual action research projects were interviewed to identify factors which promote and, at times, limit teachers' efforts to conduct action research studies. Interviews which ranged from 45 to 90 minutes focused on teachers' definitions of research, their involvement in research projects, support they received and problems encountered in research projects, and their awareness of the projects of others. Drawing on teachers' observations and recommendations, nine recommendations are made to school policy makers who wish to encourage teachers to conduct action research studies: (1) help teachers develop a realistic definition of research; (2) encourage participation in research projects, but keep participation voluntary; (3) provide time and money as incentives for conducting research; (4) provide systematic instruction to help teachers develop the skills necessary to conduct research; (5) provide access to appropriate resource personnel on a continuing basis; (6) develop a systematic way for teachers to share ideas with one another; (7) recruit only highly motivated teachers; (8) involve the teachers from the initial moment of decision-making; and (9) make several people responsible for the coordination of the project. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).