Practice and theory in action research: living-theories as frameworks for action

Whitehead, Jack (2016) Practice and theory in action research: living-theories as frameworks for action. In: UNSPECIFIED Palgrave Macmillan US.

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Official URL: 10.1057/978-1-137-40523-4_24


This chapter analyzes the role of theory in action research from the perspective that practitioner-researchers are knowledge-creators with the capacity to generate valid explanations of their educational influences in their own learning, in the learning of others, and in the learning of the social formations that influence ideas and practice. Action researchers improve practice and generate knowledge with insights drawn from a range of theories from different disciplines. The notion of a living-theory , as an individual’s explanation of their educational influences in learning, avoids the duality of practice-theory relationships. The issues and challenges in this approach include responses to questions about objectivity, validity, rigor, and generalizability in living-theory accounts from across Europe, the USA, Canada, South Africa, China, Japan, and Malaysia.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: 370 Education & educational psychology (incl. teacher training & research), 371 Schools & their activities (incl. special education, teaching methods & study skills), 378 Higher education
Members: University of Cumbria
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 04:21
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 04:21

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