ERIC Number: ED364749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Initiating Practitioner Inquiry: Adult Literacy Teachers, Tutors, and Administrators Research Their Practice.
Lytle, Susan L.; And Others
Inquiry-centered staff development requires that adult literacy practitioners (adult educators, tutors, and administrators) function simultaneously as learners, researchers, and reformers performing the following actions: forming research communities within program or across program sites; using literature and their own experiences to investigate issues in the field collectively; generating research questions and conducting systematic inquiries into teaching, learning, and administration in their own program settings; organizing their research as social and collaborative processes; and disseminating their findings through oral and written presentations. The beginnings of inquiry-centered staff development may be traced to the action research movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The Adult Literacy Practitioner Inquiry Project, which features biweekly seminars, has provided a strategic research site and research method for practitioners to conduct program-based inquiries into daily practice. A study of the design and initiation of inquiry projects by adult literacy practitioners has confirmed that practitioner research identifies and investigates a distinctive set of problems in practice and demonstrates that understanding practice cannot be accomplished by university researchers alone. (Appended is a table detailing practitioner researchers, programs, positions, and research questions. Contains 44 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrators, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Educational Research, Literacy Education, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Projects, Staff Development, Teacher Researchers, Tutors
National Center on Adult Literacy, Dissemination/Publications, University of Pennsylvania, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR93-11: $7; check or money order payable to "Kinko's Copy Center").
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.