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ERIC Number: EJ1169295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1925-7147
Inside the Black Box: Tracking Decision-Making in an Action Research Study
Smith, Cathryn
Canadian Journal of Action Research, v18 n2 p23-42 2017
Action research has been described as "designing the plane while flying it" (Herr & Anderson, 2005, p. 69). A black box documented the researcher's decisions while facilitating leadership development sessions with teacher leaders. Ten process folio steps informed the study through six iterations. Planning steps included a design frame, researcher's action research cycle, session agenda, facilitator's guide and researcher's checklist. Observation steps included videotape transcriptions and written participant and researcher reflections. Analytical steps included a logic model, session summary and cumulative themes. Secondary analysis across the data sets crystalized the research contributions. The black box effectively documented complex action research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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