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Action Research in Contexts of Change and Inequality

Atweh, Bill & Bland, Derek C. (2007) Action Research in Contexts of Change and Inequality. In Atweh, Bill, Balagtas, Marilyn, Bernado, Allan, Ferido, Marlene, & Macpherson, Ian (Eds.) Ripples of change: A journey of teacher education reform in the Philippines. Commission on HIgher Education (CHED), Philippines, Philippines, pp. 193-219.

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Abstract

The first purpose of this chapter is to discuss research in education within the international context of change and inequality. In a previous chapter, Atweh and Arias (1991) discussed action research in education both as an appropriate research methodology and as a means of professional development of teachers. Similarly, Atweh (2004) posited action research as a methodology consistent with sociocultural approaches in education. That chapter discussed arguments for the use of action research in the discipline and outlined some of its characteristics. The discussion presented in those chapters did not contextualise their arguments within the international context of countries experiencing rapid changes, nor with regard to countries where poverty and lack of resources are major hindrances for developing research programs in the field. This contextualisation is the second purpose of this current chapter. The next section of this chapter identifies three major current trends in global society and education that impact on the work of researchers in the field. The following section discusses the role of action research within the trends identified in the first section.

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ID Code: 16747
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Posted with the permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted without permission of the copyright owner.
Keywords: curriculum reform, action research
ISBN: 9789718400463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Commission on Higher Education and Bill Atweh and Derek C. Bland
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2008 14:09
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:17

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