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Beyond Actions

Psychology of Action Research for Mindful Educational Improvement


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 9. A Meta-Framework: Redefining Educational Research


· 9 · a meta-framework Redefining Educational Research The Big Picture By now, you must have realized that this book was written not only to guide you through the process of action research but also to show you how you can develop and grow as an educator. You must have also realized that this type of research can make your life thrilling and fulfilling as you delve into the com- plexity of real-life educational practice and your internal meaning-making system in the process. But a true appreciation of action research will arrive when you actually go through at least two phases. By navigating through the first two phases, you will understand how one phase (i) feeds into to the next (i+1), as in the following. i → i+1 You now know that even if your first phase does not work, it is not really a failure because you will learn from the experience and overcome it in the next phase. By going through this process, you will begin to see your practice as something that is always evolving and offering ample opportunities for your growth and development as an educator. You will find yourself becoming more mindful in taking actions and reflecting on your practice. In short, action research can serve as a path that leads to mindful educational improvement. 162 beyond actions This experience can be something that is truly transformative and enlight- ening for you. By actually going through multiple phases, you will learn that you are in the midst of...

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