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ERIC Number: ED452167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Action Research for Undergraduates: Solving Problems in Preservice Teaching.
Beisser, Sally R.; Connor, Kathy
This paper describes a course for education majors, Educational Inquiry, in which students completed action research investigations in their public school classrooms. The primary responsibility of designing, implementing, and sharing study results belonged to the college students rather than their cooperating teachers. Action research based on new knowledge developed through reflection and inquiry was the ultimate goal. Students were challenged to reflect on their 3 years of previous classroom experience with their mentor teachers, then seek understanding of specific individuals, actions, policies, or events in their classroom interactions, emphasizing problematic situations that caused uncertainty. They received training during their Educational Inquiry class on how to conduct disciplined inquiry (interviewing, transcribing interviews, analyzing data, and sharing progress). After reflecting, students made contacts in the schools and conducted the research. At the end of the semester, students wrote their projects up in a professional format and gave formal presentations to the university faculty who asked questions after their presentations. Faculty were impressed with the quality of the research. Preservice students were capable of complex action research in order to gain greater understanding of educational practice. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A