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.
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.
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|Keywords:||action research, thesis writing, narrative, living theory, environmental education|
|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 13:05|
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