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Title: Practitioner Research through PBM (problem based methodology) Author: emily Last modified by: emily Created Date: 2/13/2009 2:27:08 AM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Action Research


1
Action Research
  • Digital Daze Cluster Coordinators Meeting 18 Feb
    2009

2
Action Research Purpose
  • to enable groups of people to formulate mutually
    acceptable solutions to their problems
    (Stringer, 1999)
  • to find out about about a situation where
    improvement or change is needed, and then to act
    with relevant others to make a difference to
    practice (Cardno, 2003)
  • People working together to investigate a
    significant issue or problem

3
Our significant issues and problems
4
  • What impact has our teaching of inquiry had on
    students understanding of inquiry?
  • How do we know that our inquiry development is
    making a difference to student learning?
  • How should we assess inquiry?

5
(Cardno, 2003, p. 13)
6
Problem Based MethodologyRobinson Lai
  • Purpose to improve teaching practice and
    outcomes for students
  • Address practical problems rooted in classrooms
  • Process explores thinking and practices that
    might be blocking learning and improvement

7
(Robinson Lai, 2006, p. 16)
8
PBM Theory
  • Teaching is a collection of practices.
  • Practices are solutions to problems posed to
    teachers in their work.
  • Solutions are informed by theories of action.
  • Teachers may or may not be aware of their
    theories of action and the constraints they are
    working to satisfy.
  • Theories are espoused (the talk) or in use
    (the walk) these do not always line up

9
PBM Action Research with a Difference
  • PBM different from other forms of action research
    because it involves a process to challenge
    thinking lets us talk about the difference
    between the talk and the walk

10
Evaluating theories of action
  • Accuracy check out each of the assumptions,
    what is meant by these?
  • Effectiveness does this solution deliver what
    it intended?
  • Coherence intended and unintended consequences
  • Inprovability testable and include feedback
    loops?

11
Our Approach Merge PBM with DAR
PBM
12
Control Conversations vs Learning Conversations
  • Control conversations push a perspective on
    others
  • Learning conversations explore multiple
    viewpoints and invite the perspectives of others
  • Learning conversations different points of view
    competing theories

13
The Ladder of Inference. Source Robinson Lei,
2003, p. 46
14
References
  • Cardno, C. (2003). Action Research A
    Developmental Approach. Wellington NZCER
  • Robinson, V. Lai, M. (2006). Practitioner
    Research for Educators A Guide to Improving
    Classrooms and Schools. Thousand Oaks Corwin
    Press
  • Stringer, E. T. (1999). Action Research (2nd
    Edn.). Thousand Oaks Sage
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