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ERIC Number: EJ811229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Action Research in Initial Teacher Education: An Explorative Study
Ax, Jan; Ponte, Petra; Brouwer, Niels
Educational Action Research, v16 n1 p55-72 Mar 2008
The aim of the study was to describe students' and teacher educators' practical experience with action research and to identify a number of special points for consideration (opportunities and limitations) which could play a role in putting research into practice in concrete terms in the courses. Students and teacher educators on three Dutch initial teacher education programmes which treat action research as both a means of professional development and a necessary professional qualification were involved. These were programmes for specific teaching levels and subjects in Dutch schools. Four special points for consideration are identified: action research and the educational core qualifications of the profession; difference between action research by student teachers during their initial education and experienced teachers in their own workplace; students' mixed experiences and perceptions of research; and embedded research-based activities in the programme. The authors conclude that action research should be considered from different perspectives: as a professional approach, a body of skills that is needed to make the connection between knowing "that" and knowing "why"; and as a way of improving practice by systematically building up practice-based knowledge. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands