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Action Research and Criticality: Working Out the Stone in Your Shoe


Corbett, M and Hill, A, Action Research and Criticality: Working Out the Stone in Your Shoe, Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, D Kember, M Corbett (ed), Singapore, pp. 109-119. ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-13-0511-5_11


The action research tradition in Australia has been heavily influenced by critical work of Steven Kemmis and the school of researchers he inspired, as well as by the British tradition inspired by Lawrence Stenhouse and others. These chapters illustrate the close alliance between educational research and the ordinary practice of working educators, which is a particular feature of Anglo-American traditions of inquiry inspired both by pragmatism and by critical theory, both of which demand of research an active engagement in intentional change process. Work in this section is developed out of this action research tradition and takes the form of analyses of practice with an eye to improving the way that practice is accomplished. In some cases, this means a critical interrogation of the effectiveness of the work of an educator/researcher, while in other cases, the analysis of practice from a socially critical perspective is the central focus of the work. What draws these disparate studies together is a central focus on practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
UTAS Author:Hill, A (Dr Allen Hill)
ID Code:128065
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-08-30
Last Modified:2018-09-06

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