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Action research and professional development

Tripp, D.H. (1987) Action research and professional development. In: Hughes, P.W., Deer, C.E. and Neal, W.D., (eds.) Better teachers for better schools. Australian College of Educators, Carlton, VIC, pp. 201-222.


This paper begins with a brief explanation of the action research spiral in terms of its four moments (plan, act, data, analysis), and with theory and practice and the notion 'strategic action' An example of a typical action research project and four kinds of action research (technical, practical, critical and emancipatory) are outlined in terms of five basic variables or characteristics (direction, participation, practices, consciousness and values, and constraints).

The second half of the paper explores three currently major issues in action research as teacher development, namely, different kinds of action research projects, facilitation and the role of journals in the development of critical consciousness and action research projects.

The paper concludes with some examples of the way in which action research can be initiated through the analysis of critical incidents recorded inteachers' professional journals.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian College of Educators
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