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ERIC Number: ED476472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 16
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Does Action Research Count as Scientifically-Based Research? A Vygotskian Mediational Response.
Dixon-Krauss, Lisbeth A.
This paper examines the purpose, function, and legitimacy of action research as a methodology that encompasses a complex, authentic view of scientific inquiry. A historical account of action research is presented with a focus in how it merged theory with practice. Cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) is used as a theoretical rationale for action research. L. Vygotsky's zone of proximal development and the role of semiotic cultural tools in the transformation of student and teacher cognition during classroom action research are discussed. These CHAT theoretical concepts are illustrated using data collected during a classroom action research study. The paper concludes with a call for new research questions from a mediational action research perspective that would address how teachers select and adapt methods and materials to fit their classroom contexts. (Contains 1 figure and 28 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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