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Beyond Actions

Psychology of Action Research for Mindful Educational Improvement

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Norijuki Inoue

Beyond Actions is a new breed of book on action research, going beyond procedural descriptions of action research and discusses psychological processes and epistemological challenges involved in planning and conducting action research. The book discusses in depth key concepts of action research and the ways in which these concepts actually contribute to the improvement of educational practice by assuming the viewpoint of educators. Dr. Inoue offers ample opportunities for readers to deeply reflect on personal, social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of practice improvement efforts and develop a comprehensive understanding of action research. Beyond Actions is targeted to educators, educational researchers, principals, and students taking graduate-level courses in action research, educational research methods, educational psychology, education foundations, educational leadership, and other related fields as well as anyone seeking a new methodology for mindful educational improvement.

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Chapter 1. Introduction: The Nature of Action Research

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· 1 · introduction The Nature of Action Research Research and Practice An important feature of this book is that it challenges the traditional notions of educational research and its relationship to educational practice. This book helps you develop a deep understanding of action research by discussing its process and the fundamental assumptions that differentiate it from other research methodologies. In doing so, the book introduces various East Asian concepts as conceptual tools for you to examine and overcome a variety of limitations of the traditional Western approach to educational research. Because you picked up a book with education and research in its subtitle, I assume you are an educator looking for new ways to improve your teaching through research. You may have been teaching for a while with a certain set of beliefs, but may have unresolved questions. You might have explored avail- able resources and opportunities to find the answers, but now you are looking for something drastically different from what the existing resources offer. If so, this book is a perfect match for you. Or it could be the case that you are an educational researcher interested in action research as a new research methodology. You might be wonder- ing how educational research can overcome limitations inherited from the traditional scientific paradigm. This book is primarily targeted to those who 2 beyond actions actually teach in schools, but it would be highly informative and valuable to any university faculty, educational researchers, and graduate students in education because many discussions...

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