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This accessible and practical book is a perfect quick guide for postgraduate researchers in education. Looking at the interdependence of teaching and research, the authors show that a critical and analytical exploration of policies and practices is a necessary part of what we mean by being a ‘professional’ in education.

Drawing on the authors' substantial experience of teaching research skills at postgraduate level, as well as on their own experiences as active researchers, the book will guide you through: - discourse analysis; - visual methods; - textual research; - data collection and analysis

This co-authored book is structured around a range of methods applicable to educational research and appropriate for use by practitioners at all stages of their professional development. It takes recognisable, ‘real life’ scenarios as ...

Introduction
Introduction

The theme of this book is the interdependence of teaching and research. It takes as its starting point the importance of practitioner research as a means of informing teachers’ professional practice. We place considerable emphasis on the notion of the professional educator throughout the book, and in doing so interpret professionalism as a willingness on the part of the educator to explore and reflect on their work in a critical and systematic manner and to use this to inform their own practice and that of others. This is not a new concept: writing in 1975, Lawrence Stenhouse called for a research-based model of teaching, arguing that ‘curriculum research and development ought to belong to the teacher’ (Stenhouse, 1975 p. 142): he also asserted that ...

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