Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.
Chapter 21: Educational Action Research as Transformative Practice
Educational Action Research as Transformative Practice
Educational Action Research (EAR) provides a powerful framework for drawing upon the knowledge and experience of teachers, school leaders, students, and community members to address important educational, social, cultural, and political issues. Educational Action Research can be placed within the broader context of Action Research which has been defined as ‘a participatory, democratic process concerned with developing practical knowing in the pursuit of worthwhile human purposes’ (Reason and Bradbury, 2001, p. 1). Echoing this focus on participation, reflection, and action, Piggot-Irvine et al. have described action research as ‘a ...