ERIC Number: ED295939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Action Research and Teacher Thinking: The First Phase of the Action Research on Action Research Project at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.
Noffke, Susan E.; Zeichner, Kenneth M.
This report on action research projects conducted by student teachers as a part of their preservice teacher preparation program focuses on how action research improves the understanding of educational practices by the practitioner-researchers themselves. Two major topics are discussed. First, specific types of claims about the impact of action research on teachers' understandings are identified from selected projects conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. A description of the methodologies used to collect supporting data is included. The second major topic of the paper is a description of the "Action Research on Action Research" project now underway at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Action research has been used in the University's elementary student teaching program for several years as one way to provide opportunities for growth in the ability to reflect systematically on one's own teaching practice. A comprehensive review of the literature on the impact action research can have on teacher thinking introduces the main body of the paper. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).