It is an essential guide for teachers, senior staff and co-ordinators of teacher professional development who are interested in investigating their own practice in order to improve it.
Bridget Somekh, BA, PGCE, Adv Dip Ed, MA, PhD, retired from her post as Professor of Educational Research in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008. Since then she has been busy with overseas consultancy work in New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. You can visit her website at: www.bridgetsomekh.com
Herbert Altrichter, University of Linz, Austria.
Peter Posch, Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria.
Allan Feldman, University of Massachusetts, US.
The handbook contains theoretical and practical based chapters by highly respected scholars whose work has been seminal in building knowledge and expertise in the field. It also contains chapters exemplifying the work of prominent practitioner and community groups working outside universities.
The Editors provide an introduction and conclusion, as well as an opening chapter which charts the historical development of action research and provides an analysis of its underlying theories. The handbook is organized into four sections, each beginning with a short introduction:
- Action research methodology: diversity of rationales and practices
- Professional: Knowledge production, staff development, and the status of educators
- Personal: Self-awareness, development and identity
- Political: Popular knowledge, difference, and frameworks for change
This is a key resource for scholars and graduate students at doctors and masters levels, as well as school leaders and administrators.
Susan Noffke is Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign and co-editor with R.B. Stevenson of Educational Action Research (Teachers College Press, 1995). She taught at the primary school level for a decade, and has led masters and doctoral level courses in action research for the past 20 years. She continues to work with many collaborative projects with schools and school districts.
Bridget Somekh is Professor of Educational Research at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is a founder editor of the Educational Action Research journal and has been a co-ordinator of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) for many years. She is co-editor of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SAGE: 2005) and author of Action Research: a Methodology for Change and Development (Open University Press: 2006).
The book is unique in bringing together chapters by scholars well-known internationally for their original contributions to educational theory and research practice. Many books in this area are no more than guides on how to do research or text books reiterating rather narrow frameworks of research paradigms, this book both breaks new ground and sets the tone for discussions about the future path of educational research in the coming years.