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ERIC Number: EJ973903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Reconceiving with Action Research: Working within and across Communities of Practice in a University/Community College Collaborative Venture
Taylor, Ann; Puchner, Laurel D.; Powell, Margaret B.; Harris, Valorie; Marshall, Rick
Educational Action Research, v20 n3 p333-351 2012
Three teacher educators worked at a US community college with two adult education staff on a grant-supported project bridging high school dropouts from adult education to employment. The teacher educators' apparently simple task of facilitating grant participants' engagement with action research became confusingly challenging. The consultants engaged in "second-order" action research to frame their process of reflective practice, thus deepening their understanding of the project's complexity, the marginalization of adult education, and their adult education colleagues' and other grant participants' reflective practice. This shift in understanding, powered by their continuing reflective practice, precipitated a transformation of their theoretical framework. They moved from questioning the nature of their roles to a more complex understanding of their experience and identity as movement among and within overlapping communities of practice. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois