Action Research in Teaching and Learning by Lin S Norton

By Lin S Norton

A functional, down-to-earth advisor if you paintings in educating and studying in universities, this publication should be integral examining in the event you wish to perform motion examine on their lonesome perform. Lin S Norton's proposal of 'pedagogical motion examine' has come from over 20 years' adventure of engaging in such study, and greater than six years of encouraging colleagues to hold out small scale stories at an institutional, nationwide and overseas point.

This obtainable textual content illustrates what may be performed to enhance teaching/supporting studying via conducting motion examine to deal with such questions similar to:

  • What am i able to do to enthuse my scholars?
  • What am i able to do to assist scholars turn into extra analytical?
  • How am i able to support scholars to hyperlink idea with their perform?
  • What am i able to do to make my lecturing variety extra obtainable?
  • What goes flawed in my seminars whilst my scholars do not speak?

Action study for educating and Learning bargains readers useful recommendation on easy methods to study their very own perform in the next schooling context. it's been written particularly to take the reader via each one degree of the motion learn procedure with the last word aim of manufacturing a examine research that is publishable. Cognisant of the sector’s view on what's seemed to be ‘mainstream research’, the writer has additionally written a considerable theoretical part which justifies where of pedagogical motion examine in terms of reflective perform and the scholarship of training and learning.

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Looking again at our five case studies using Fanghanel’s framework, we can see that each situation is not only different, but the solutions could be equally as varied. Angela, for example, is faced with departmental pressures and sceptical colleagues, yet the vignette indicates that she sees her primary role as a teacher, but she is in a traditional department where subject research is favoured. She is on the first rung of the academic career ladder so has to make some hard decisions about whether she will devote her spare 18 Pedagogical action research in university energies to researching her own area in classical studies or whether she will spend time on improving her teaching.

In other words, it looks as if, once we have got used to doing something in a certain kind of way, our experience often has the effect of reinforcing the way we actually do it. (Sotto, 2007: 9) Biggs (2003) illustrates this same point by comparing two university academics who both have been teaching for twenty years but one has twenty years of experience whereas the other has one year of experience repeated nineteen times. This is a telling way of distinguishing the academic who is a reflective teacher, learns by her mistakes and keeps improving, from the academic who is a reactive teacher who does the same things year on year and blames the students, or the institution, or gives some other reason, rather than examining her own practice.

Why is reflective practice important in the higher education landscape? One of the dearly held and fiercely defended privileges of being an academic has always been the concept of ‘academic professionalism’. In a Why be a reflective practitioner? 23 thought-provoking paper, Nixon (2001) challenges a view of professionalism that is predicated on autonomy of the individual with its related concepts of self-regulation and the differential status of academic workers. Although Nixon does not explicitly mention it in his paper, I would argue that the concept of personal experience is also tied up with his view of professionalism.

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