Action Research for Reflective Practice: But Whose Action? (The Role of the Research Project)

William D. Cousin


Lewin's original concept of Action Research, reviewed in Kemmis and McTaggart lays emphasis on the "ownership" of the Research by the teachers in a way supported by Stenhouse. There are powerful reasons for adopting Action Research as a means of realizing the research element of a postgraduate degree of "Specialization" as fitting both the level aimed at and the underlying philosophy of Reflective Practice. However, the control of the development of the programme by "approving" a preliminary design project leads to a dialogue in which the Teacher Trainers can be seen to be "privileged". It is suggested that this degree of change is justified by efficiancy where the research experience is to serve as "consciousness-raising."


action research; reflective practice; pre-service teachers

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