QUT ePrints

Writing an action research thesis: One researcher's resolution of the problematic of form and process

Davis, Julie M. (2004) Writing an action research thesis: One researcher's resolution of the problematic of form and process. In McWilliam, Erica, Danby, Susan, & Knight, John (Eds.) Performing educational research : theories, methods and practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld, pp. 15-30.

Abstract

I have recently been involved in a five-year action research project in a Queensland primary school. I initially developed a format for the thesis and commenced the task of writing up the study, based on the accepted sequence, and academic norm, of literature review, methodology, research design, findings and conclusions. However, the cyclical and evolving nature of action research meant that new areas of literature were constantly added to the research process, new data kept on being generated, and new meanings and additional lines of inquiry were regularly suggested. These shifts and changes complicated the conduct of the research and made the process of writing a report particularly challenging. After much anxiety and considerable experimentation, I resolved the problem of ‘fit’ between action research and the traditional thesis format by creating an alternative structure which better reflects the nature of the study. This paper outlines this alternative and discusses its purpose.

Impact and interest:

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

1,596 since deposited on 21 Nov 2005
231 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 2668
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This is the author’s manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: j.davis@qut.edu.au
Additional URLs:
Keywords: action research, thesis writing, narrative, living theory, environmental education
ISBN: 1876682612
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Post Pressed
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:05

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page