Action Research: Principles and Practice by Jean McNiff

By Jean McNiff

Because the first variation of this verified textual content was once released in 1988, motion examine has won flooring as a well-liked process among academic researchers, and particularly for training academics doing higher-level classes. during this re-creation Jean McNiff presents updates on methodological discussions and contains new sections of case learn fabric and knowledge on helping motion study. The e-book increases matters approximately how motion study is theorised, if it is obvious as a spectator self-discipline or as a true existence perform, and the way practitioners place themselves in the debate. It discusses the significance for educators of figuring out their very own paintings and exhibiting how their educative impression may end up in the improvement of fine orders in formal and casual studying settings and within the wider community.This moment version comes at a time whilst, after years of dialogue over what counts as motion examine, it truly is now thought of a suitable and invaluable a part of mainstream study perform.

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They could not be free until they realised they were unfree. A new approach was needed which enabled people to become aware of the historical and cultural forces which had influenced them and their situations. People needed to understand the power-constituted nature of their lives, and learn how to challenge. This view constituted an ideology critique which enabled people to become aware of their historical and cultural conditioning and find ways to recreate their personal and social realities.

I encourage this same attitude in my course participants. I support them carefully, but in the final analysis they have to do their own learning. I cannot do it for them. Their learning is borne out in comments such as: ‘I have learnt to think for myself’; ‘I have changed my thinking. I have learnt to see things as provisional. This has been difficult as I am one who tends to be comfortable with security’ (taken from evaluation comments from course participants in Ireland, 2000). I believe that the people I support have developed their own I-theories of knowledge, and I have tried to create the spaces they need to do that by not imposing my own ideas or demands on them but encouraging them to think, challenge and have confidence in their capacity to be competent judges of their own practice.

Description 1 Action research is a form of collective self-reflective enquiry undertaken by participants in social situations in order to improve the rationality and justice of their own social or educational practices, as well as their understanding of these practices and the situations in which these practices are carried out. e. their (public) theories and practices of the work and the situation) Principles of action research 25 and if yours is a situation in which there is increasingly • data-gathering by participants themselves (or with the help of others) in relation to their own questions • participation (in problem-posing and in answering questions) in decisionmaking • power-sharing and the relative suspension of hierarchical ways of working towards industrial democracy • collaboration among members of the group as a ‘critical community’ • self-reflection, self-evaluation and self-management by autonomous and responsible persons and groups • learning progressively (and publicly) by doing and by making mistakes in a ‘self reflective spiral’ of planning, acting, observing, reflecting, replanning, etc.

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