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Supporting professionals in action research: Carrot or stick?

Glass, C. (2004) Supporting professionals in action research: Carrot or stick? In: 19th Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Forum, 7 August 2004, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus


Making connections to promote early literacy was part of a project funded by DEST (Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training). This project aimed to develop stronger connections between families and school and to utilise the existing literacy behaviours that children exhibited. The research team consisted of two early childhood teachers and two university researchers. My role was to assist the teachers to develop understandings about action research and to meet regularly to discuss issues and concerns. What I found was a resistance to any form of recording thoughts, ideas and actions. Despite cajoling, bribing, and begging they did not write, record, film, or tape any aspect of their thinking process. They were always 'gonna', but nothing happened. This presentation will try to unpack the reasons for this resistance, and look at the tension between product and process within the context of this particular project.

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