ERIC Number: EJ958171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Applying Organizational Theories to Action Research in Community Settings: A Case Study in Urban Schools
Bryan, Keli S.; Klein, Dena A.; Elias, Maurice J.
Journal of Community Psychology, v35 n3 p383-398 Apr 2007
Action research is well grounded in the worlds of organizational and community psychology. The practice of action research within each of these fields has been shaped by their dominant settings, theories, and values; where these diverge, rich learning opportunities have been created. Each phase of the action research cycle has particular challenges that can be overcome by integrating theories from both fields. This article outlines organizational theories as they apply to action research in community settings in three particular areas: the ecological context, collaboration and consensus, and sustainability. Using Price and Smith's (1985) four-cycle model of action research as a framework, we then present a case study example of how organizational theories have become part of our action research practices. Specifically, we will illustrate issues and challenges involved in coordinating social and emotional learning programs in two overlapping contexts: urban elementary schools and high schools. We found that building explicit knowledge of organizational theory brings important perspectives and tools to action research in community settings.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary Schools, High Schools, Action Research, Organizational Theories, Case Studies, Psychology, Cooperation, Sustainability, Organizational Culture, Socialization, Emotional Development, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey