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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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204 beyond actions conceptual layer, 71 conference, 189–190 confidentiality issue, 189 confounding variable, 58 conservation, 34 construct validity, 52, 81 constructivism, 21 contextual layer, 121 control group, 57 convenience sampling, 63 critical friends, 107 cultural dimension (of action research), 116–117 cycle, 7, 149 D Daoism, 12 dark side (of action research), 167 deep-seated feeling, 39, 47, 138, 153, 184 defense mechanism, 155 de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine, 22 descriptive statistics, 94 dialectic relationship, 61, 122 dichotomous epistemology, 29 dichotomous thinking, 28–29 dissemination, 64 dissemination model, 165 double-blind procedure, 58 E ecologically abrasive research procedure, 59 educational improvement, 173–174 educational validity, 68–69 ego, 154 Einstein, Albert, 16 emersion approach, 122 emotional roller coaster, 152 empowerment, 69, 166 emptiness (of self), 48. 117, 123, 157, 158 epistemological assumption, 21, 34 epistemology, 12 existential inquiry, 46, 156 existential layer, 71 exit slip, 88 experiential knowledge, 35 experimental group, 57 explicit knowledge, 132–133 external validity, 62, 68 extraneous factor, 31 F F-test, 96 failure, 142–143, 157, 161 findings, 187–188 focus-group interview, 84 forced-response item, 87 format (of action research paper), 183–189 frequency distribution, 94 Freud, Sigmund, 154 full circle, 191 G gakkyuu zukuri (学級作り), 175 general theory of relativity, 16 generalizability, 23 Gestalt psychology, 27 goal theory, 45, 143 Great East Japan Earthquake, 112 gridlock, 167–168 group interview, 84 guiding theories and research, 185 H Hawthorne effect, 58 hierarchical structure, 162 Hiroshige, 136 histogram, 94 Hokusai, 136 hybrid interview, 86 hypotheses testing, 85 hypothesis generation, 85...

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