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An academics attempt to use action-oriented research: Case study of implementing award restructuring in two WA universities

Currie, J. (1993) An academics attempt to use action-oriented research: Case study of implementing award restructuring in two WA universities. In: 1993 AARE Conference, 22 - 25 November 1993, Fremantle, Western Australia

Abstract

This paper explores how two universities in Western Australia are implementing Award Restructuring. In the process it examines how universities can be studied by a person actively involved in trying to change the current structures. One aim of the research is to try to involve women academics more actively in this process of change through the union movement. And more generally to develop more participatory processes within universities for all academics.

One of the aims of award restructuring is to develop greater industrial democracy. This paper will describe the reaction of academics and university administrators to the term `industrial democracy' and the extent to which this may be achieved in Western Australian universities.

Further, it will examine how using a combination of action research and case study methods the research can plot the kind of change that is occurring within a rapidly changing environment. This paper is about research in progress which is in its third and final year of funding. It will develop a more action oriented phase in 1994 and this paper will attempt to reflect upon the form that research should take.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education
Copyright: 1993 AARE
Conference Website: http://aare.edu.au/conf93.htm
Notes: Appears In: Educational research: making a difference, abstracts of papers, 1993 AARE Conference (Paper code: currj93.046)
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6630
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