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ERIC Number: EJ811249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Researching across Boundaries and Borders: The Challenges for Research
Bowl, Marion; Cooke, Sandra; Hockings, Christine
Educational Action Research, v16 n1 p85-95 Mar 2008
This article explores some of the challenges of conducting action research in higher education. It arises from an ongoing research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council's Teaching and Learning Research Programme (ESRC/TLRP), "Learning and Teaching for Social Diversity and Difference", which examines the dynamics of academic engagement in higher education within a multi-dimensional framework. The three principal research team members draw their knowledge and expertise from their different professional lives: learning and teaching, widening participation and adult and community education. They are also differently located geographically and institutionally. This diversity of background and location has brought another form of multi-dimensionality which contributes to methodology and theory development. For the purpose of this article, team members reflected together on the challenges of making such a complex and innovative research project work. These challenges range from exploring different philosophies behind notions of academic engagement to the practical dimensions of institution and sector diversity and working in different geographical locations. The outcome of this process offers lessons about the process of undertaking action research, linking theory and data and the role of joint reflection in research. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom