Educational action research in Singapore: To prove or improve?

Tan, Wah Kiat, Macdonald, Doune, & Rossi, Tony (2009) Educational action research in Singapore: To prove or improve? Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 29(3), pp. 357-371.

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The rise of educational action research amongst schools in Singapore can be attributed to the government’s belief that educational research and reform can improve school performance and help Singapore keep pace with the impact of globalization. However, against a backdrop of neo-liberal educational reform where efficiency, accountability and demonstrable outcomes are valued, the underlying intent of the action research projects would seem to be inconsistent with the emancipatory intent normally associated with action research. A systematic review was conducted of 71 action research projects submitted to a local educational conference in 2006. Of concern to us is how action research has been narrowly interpreted and recruited simply as an evaluative tool with the emancipatory potential largely ignored. The paper is theoretically framed by governmentality and performativity to explore the embedded power relations that may “fabricate” the action research projects. The findings and discussions suggest a need for the government, schools and teacher-researchers to reflexively question the current expectation of action research and to be clear about its broader purpose

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ID Code: 93952
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Physical Education, Pedagogy, Action Research
DOI: 10.1080/02188790903100333
ISSN: 0218-8791
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2016 01:39
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 09:01

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