The author shows how managers in education can contribute to school improvement, and focus on the essential personal and practical management skills needed to instill a positive team culture.

Developing an Action Research Culture within the Team

Developing an action research culture within the team

Research is a focused and systematic enquiry that goes beyond generally available knowledge to acquire specialised and detailed information, providing a basis for analysis and elucidatory comment on the topic of enquiry.

(Johnson, 1994)


People carry out research for a number of reasons: some, to obtain a higher degree, e.g. masters and doctorates; others, to help them judge how effective their activities are and what can be done to bring about improvements. Traditional educational research has limited usefulness for classroom teachers. It often requires people to carry out specific research projects to the exclusion of their teaching. When educators talk about teacher research, or teaching as research they envision teachers extending their ...

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