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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 3. Crafting Research Questions: Journey from Within

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· 3 · crafting research questions Journey from Within Questioning the Familiar In this chapter, we will discuss how you could craft a good action research question so that you can start an authentic and meaningful action research journey. Crafting an action research question may sound easy, but there are several key things to keep in mind. To get the process started, think about your educational practice and reflect on what matters to you. Find a topic that you have been personally wondering about in your practice. For instance, you could have been puz- zled by why your students are not motivated to learn in your math classes, why a certain group of students always falls behind in reading, what tools you should introduce to help students think scientifically, and so on. You could start listing what you would like to explore based on your experi- ences in your classroom and then choose what resonates with you most from the list. The good news is that in action research, your action research ques- tion will evolve from one phase to another, and you will be refining it as you make progress in the research process. But you need to start from somewhere. 38 beyond actions The following are a few examples of initial action research questions: • What is the most effective classroom management approach to promote the students to pay attention to your instruction? • What alternative approaches should I use other than grades and points to motivate my students? • What kinds of...

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