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ERIC Number: ED534299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Making Sense of Teacher Participants' Graphic Organizers in a Second Order Action Research: Reflection of the Voice of an Action Researcher
Hwa, Chuah Kim
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 5 p499-509 2012
Being a facilitator of AR (action research) to a group of secondary school teachers in Kuching, Sarawak provided me the opportunity to engage in a second order inquiry using AR on the two years' AR learning workshops concerned. The teacher participants were asked to illustrate, using suitable GOs (graphic organizers), their understanding of what they have learned about AR after each workshop. Workshop evaluation forms, reflective learning notes, and research proposals/reports were also used during interviews. The purpose of this paper is not to share the findings of this second order AR. It is also not to assess the teacher participants' understanding of AR but to provide insight into how they constructed their GOs and made sense of their illustrations. Even though teacher participants in this second order AR produced GOs after every workshop, this paper focuses only on the teacher participants' GOs related to stages/phases in AR and two teacher participants' GOs are provided as examples here. GOs were used during interviews in the second order AR to assist the teacher participants recall and elaborate what they have learned during the AR learning workshops. GOs and interview transcripts were then analyzed for themes. Checking of data was also carried out through member checking. Data obtained suggested that the teacher participants used related AR concepts taught in their GOs and were able to describe the underlying structure of their GOs during interviews. They were also able to relate AR concepts used in their GOs to their respective prior learning of AR and their own teaching and learning experiences during interviews. These findings also provided me valuable insight and different perspectives on how the teacher participants constructed and made sense of AR stages/phases from their own perspectives. (Contains 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia