ERIC Number: ED408884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Curriculum Action Research. A Handbook of Methods and Resources for the Reflective Practitioner. Second Edition.
This handbook shows how the curriculum can be improved through action research and that teachers and other practitioners are best placed to conduct such research. Chapter 1 explores that historical and philosophical foundations of the action research movement. Chapter 2 discusses the teacher as researcher and professional, and offers criteria for a professional code of ethics. Chapter 3 looks at those research methods dealing with observational and narrative techniques for the conduct of action research. Chapter 4 introduces a variety of non-observational survey and self-report research techniques for the conduct of curriculum action research. Chapter 5 presents both discourse analysis methods and instructional and pedagogical problem-solving techniques that might be employed in teaching and learning scenarios. The second part of Chapter 5 focuses upon the use of instructional problem-solving strategies (such as brainstorming, discussion groups) for use in action research projects. Chapter 6 discusses critical-reflective and evaluative research techniques. Chapter 7 explores a variety of procedures and techniques for the analysis of action research data. Chapter 8 deals with establishing networks and communities of action researchers. Chapter 9 describes case studies of the use of action research in higher education. (Contains 300 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Action Research, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Research and Development, Teacher Researchers, Theory Practice Relationship
Kogan Page Limited, 120 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JN England, United Kingdom (22.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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