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ERIC Number: ED310656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Varieties of Curriculum Action Research: Constraints and Typologies in Anglo-Irish and American Projects.
McKernan, Jim
Curriculum research is reviewed. In Part 1, a survey is reported that was designed to: (1) acquire information on action research projects in Ireland (North and South), the United Kingdom, and the United States; (2) determine the principal method of data collection; (3) identify the rank-order priority of constraints on research; (4) classify studies as practical, scientific, or critical; (5) identify reasons for action research; and (6) identify influential action researchers and exemplars. The following factors were identified and rank-ordered as constraints on action research: time to do research; lack of resources; problems in school organization; acquiring skills and knowledge to conduct research; division of labor in curriculum research; and the language of educational research. In Part 2, aspects of the three-nation action research project are discussed, focusing on models of action research labeled scientific, collaborative, and critical conceptions. It is argued that educational institutions and publishers have tended to constrain the development of an international conception of educational action research. Contains 28 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United States