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ERIC Number: EJ940177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Perceived Effects of Action Research on Teachers' Professional Efficacy, Inquiry Mindsets and the Support They Received while Conducting Projects to Intervene into Student Learning
Seider, Susan N.; Lemma, Paulette
Educational Action Research, v12 n2 p219-238 2004
Based on information gleaned from questionnaires and interviews with teachers who engaged in action research as a capstone to their Master's program during the years 1992 through 2001, and on data from these teachers' administrators and colleagues, six assertions are reported. (1) Teachers sustained the "inquiry mindset" gained while learning the processes associated with conducting action research and continued using aspects of the process; however, conducting new projects was less likely. (2) Teachers' sense of professional efficacy was enhanced, even after many years had intervened. (3) Action research had immediate benefits for students but long-range benefits were not determined. (4) Though challenging, teachers perceived conducting action research was professionally valuable. (5) Teachers reported that administrators, although supportive, played passive roles, whereas colleagues were more collaborative during planning and implementing their projects. (6) Teachers described school environments conducive to conducting action research as ones that provide structures for teams to work on mutual goals supported by strong administrative leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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