Can the action research project of a classroom teacher intended to raise standardized test scores properly be considered critical? Is there a role for advocacy in any enterprise calling itself research? If critical action research is distinct from traditional empirical research, then what formats make sense for sharing results? This highly diverse collection of previously unpublished and published works offers a sampling of opinions on key theoretical and methodological questions, complemented by a wide range of critical action research reports illustrating what various theories look like in practice. The book provides a sketch of the topography of critical action research terrain and illuminates some diverse paths through it.
Introduction: Innovation in Research Report Formats
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Innovation in Research Report Formats
In Chapter 17 following this introduction, A. Suresh Canagarajah asks, “Can we pour new wine into old bottles?” Or, far less eloquently: Can—or should—the results of research based on a new set of assumptions and principles be rendered in the traditional format of research articles? As Part 3 illustrates, many PAR researchers have long since answered, “No.” Even in the limited sampling of PAR presented there, it is obvious that new formats for reporting include innovations like websites and public performances.
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