Developing an understanding of professional practice is essential for anyone training to teach in the further education and skills sector. This go-to guide will give you a clear understanding of the major topics covered in the mandatory Wider Professional Practice and Development unit of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, and more broadly explores the value of professionalism to all aspects of further education. Key coverage includes: • Understanding learners and attitudes to learning • How to do action research • Professional observation and development • Making sense of education policy • Teacher expectations • Challenges to equality and diversity • The inclusive curriculum These topics are discussed within a wider political and socio-economic context, and are supported by insightful case studies and activities. This is essential for anyone studying the Diploma in Education and Training, and recommended reading for related courses in the further education and skills sector.
Chapter 11: Action Research in Further Education
Action Research in Further Education
This chapter aims to give an introduction to action research, its purpose and its methodology of critical self-reflection (Lewin, 1943; 1946; 1948); Schön, 1983; Carr and Kemmis, 1986). The chapter will present examples of action research and invite readers to engage with these by reflecting on their own practice and potential areas for research. It is not intended to be a definitive account of action research, but more of an introduction to some of its origins, its theoretical perspectives and philosophical underpinnings, with some tools to help get you started on your action research project.
This chapter will cover the following:
- A brief background to action research
- The purpose of action research in education
- The action research process
- Methodology of ...