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ERIC Number: EJ997558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
Action Research Built on Uncertain Foundations: The Internship and Action-Research in a Graduate Teaching Degree
Loughland, Tony; Bowen, Margo
McGill Journal of Education, v47 n3 p345-358 2012
This paper analyses the uncertain foundations of the use of action research in a graduate teaching degree. This analysis is conducted by the course coordinator in partnership with a recent graduate. The uncertainty is traced to the pedagogical incoherence of the course that is caused by philosophical infidelity. The philosophy and practice of the course is informed by both the "scholar teacher" and "reflective practitioner" models of teacher education (after Connell, 2009). It is argued that these models are incommensurable and lead to a poor use of action research during the internship of the course. The conclusion is that action research would be more productively deployed if a phronetic model of teacher education underpins the course. This phronetic model would benefit from the recognition of the benefits of a Mode 3 conceptualization of knowledge production (after Groundwater-Smith & Mockler, 2009).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A