Managing organisational change The concept of collective involvement can be particularly challenging for people positioned as managers, for they may need to develop new ways of thinking and working, as well as new self perceptions, that might be at odds with traditional views.
If we are to improve our knowledge of teaching and its contexts, and of how we influence the quality of educational experience for others, we first need to listen for the voices.
To gauge your impact on them, you need to get their reactions to how they perceive their relationship with you. What will I do then. In traditional models, managers manage other people. These ideas may be significant for negotiating appropriate criteria for judging the quality of delivery and methodological ethics of the increasing numbers of international programmes using practice-based forms of enquiry.
Although universities do run courses on action research, these tend to take a domesticated form, a traditional disciplines approach of communicating the history, philosophy, sociology, and management of action research and how the theories might impact on practice.
Thousand Oaks, California, Sage. The epistemology informs traditional kinds of theory which maintain that practice may be described and explained as an objective phenomenon.
This is your second set of data, which will also turn into evidence by meeting your nominated criteria. I also know how tempting it is to give in to institutional pressure to conform, and how difficult it is to choose whether to fight on.
I evaluate my actions. This is not so. How do we represent our work in ways that startle us into new understandings.
What kind of evidence can you gather to show your educative influence. As well as working with groups aiming for accreditation, I have also taught hundreds of other people by running short courses or doing presentations in a wide variety of education contexts.
This often takes the form of professional certificates and awards. I modify my concerns, plans and actions in the light of my evaluations. If teaching is to claim that it is a research-based profession see the Teacher Training Agency, ; Government of Ireland,teachers must be prepared to show how and why their practice is to be judged as good practice, and produce evidence to show that they have influenced the quality of educational experience for the people in their care.
Do my judgements on my educational relationships have any significance for the generation and testing of educational theory. Action research contains a deep commitment by responsible practitioners to hold themselves accountable for their own ways of living and working.
She has learnt how to critique her own thinking, as well as dominant conceptualisations of curriculum, in a way that enables her to help her young students to see themselves as independent knowledge creators. Now I worked as an independent researcher appointed by the university to develop the work.
However, while technical criteria are important, they are now complemented by qualitative, experiential ones, such as whether people can relate to and learn from your report. I do believe that new theories of scholarship need to show how practitioners cared sufficiently that they were willing to suspend their own prejudices and hear other voices.
How can you show what the situation was like, which made you resolve to do something about it. Criteria for action research projects When we wish to make judgements about something to establish its value, we set criteria to help us make those judgements.
Critique is essential for helping us to evaluate the quality of the research. Any improvement is still improvement, no matter how small. Jean McNiff’s Writing and Doing Action Research is a text that will thus most certainly appeal to those interested in moving beyond traditional scholarship approaches, but it also has utility for a much wider audience that includes graduate students in the thesis proposal-writing phase as well as those in the throes of the dissertation, early.
Jean McNiff is an independent researcher and writer, Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, and Visiting Professor at Oslo and Akershus University College, Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers University.
She is also the author of key texts Action Research: Principles and Practice, You and Your Action Research Project and Writing Up Your Action Research Project. Apr 22, · Doing and Writing Action Research provides a clear, comprehensive, and user-friendly guide to the practical aspects of carrying out action research.
Written with practitioners involved in workplace-based professional development programs, as /5.
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Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research.
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