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Action research: Towards an alternative framework for educational development


Kember, D, Action research: Towards an alternative framework for educational development, Distance Education, 19, (1) ISSN 0158-7919 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0158791980190105


Many institutions producing distance education courses employ teaching‐learning specialists, who are most commonly known as instructional designers. The suitability of instructional design as a framework for educational development is questioned, since it is a prescriptive science and course design is an ill‐defined problem. The designer‐client relationship also implies a deficit assumption about academic staff. Action research is advanced as an alternative approach to educational development. It is argued that an important feature of course teams has been the critical discourse which is an integral part of action research. The Action Learning Project is used as an example of how the action research framework can be put into practice. The multi‐faceted role of the ‘critical friend’ in supporting projects is described.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Education systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:130152
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-01-14
Last Modified:2019-01-14

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