Practice in planning and planning in practice: re-assessing and clarifying action research in a multi-national context
Authors: Kusch, Jim; Rebolledo, Geisha; Ryan, Charly
Source: Journal of Curriculum Studies, Volume 37, Number 4, July 2005 , pp. 465-481(17)
Abstract:This paper responds to a call seeking presenters for an action-research event for elementary-school science teachers in Venezuela. The authors planned on the assumption that the participants would wish to leave with plans for introducing action-research approaches into their practice. In previous writing on action research, the various protocols for action-research planning and practice emphasize norms and regularities rather more than their opposites. This paper shows, however, that planning is transformed by multiple views of teaching and learning to create a multi-level, multi-faceted event within a particular context. The activity of planning parallels the pedagogy enacted in the event. The interactions of presenters and participants, of their purposes and actions, create the complex reality that is action research, where the learning and the events are often asynchronous.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2005