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ERIC Number: ED425135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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"You Didn't Tell Us What to Do." Teacher Perceptions of Action Research.
Arthur, Julie; Bingham, Bob; Ireland, Peter; McQueen, Colleen; Swain, Nora
In 1994, Australian Catholic University personnel and 14 K-12 Catholic school teachers collaborated on an action research project to promote professional growth. The K-12 Professional Development Program involved classroom teachers in action research through which they could identify ways to create partnerships with parents. The action research approach encouraged collaborative reflection and provided opportunities for investigating a problem of professional practice. Researchers collected data from journals, journal interviews, and followup interviews with teachers. Data analysis indicated that after initial reservations and uncertainty with the action research process (due to a lack of clearly identified end goals), teachers found their involvement to be of great benefit, both professionally and personally. For some, this was in their understanding of parent-teacher relationships, and for others, it was in the skills they gained in communicating with parents. Most teachers identified the collaboration and support of action research team members and the outside consultants as pivotal to their continuing with their plans. However, the key issue remained the personal significance and control offered teachers in the selection of issues of interest to them. An appendix outlines the process of the K-12 Professional Development Program. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia