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In All you must find out about motion learn, major practitioners Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead are your publications to an unlimited and fast-moving box. they supply a brilliantly written and easy-to-follow advent to motion learn that may be crucial examining for college kids, practitioners and pro researchers alike.This booklet is key interpreting for someone drawn to motion learn. it really is both crucial examining for an individual drawn to creating a distinction; in producing conception from study; and in studying from perform.

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The main methodological assumptions of action research include the following. • Action research is done by practitioners who regard themselves as agents. • The methodology is open-ended and developmental. • The aim of the research is to improve learning with social intent. An agent, says Sen (1999: 19), is ‘someone who acts and brings about change, and whose achievements can be judged in terms of her own values and objectives, whether or not we assess these in terms of some external criteria as well’.

Qxd 38 9/28/2005 6:17 PM Page 38 ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ACTION RESEARCH some of whom later went their separate ways and developed ideas in other contexts. Stephen Kemmis, for example, became active in Australia, and has had worldwide influence by developing ideas with a participatory focus. This theme of teachers being in charge of their own practice was developed specifically by two prominent researchers, but from different perspectives. These different perspectives had implications for how professional education should be understood and conducted, and also for how action research itself could be seen as fulfilling its own values of social justice.

It is in two sections. qxd 46 1 9/28/2005 6:22 PM Page 46 ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ACTION RESEARCH THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING YOURSELF AS A CAPABLE PRACTITIONER In Chapter 2 we set out Donald Schön’s ideas about the topologies of professional landscapes. Schön was, as we are here, making the point that practitioners should be regarded as competent professionals whose practical knowledge is key to developing human capabilities, their own and other people’s. This idea of developing human capability is core to action research.

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