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 This highly diverse collection of previously unpublished and published works offers a sampling of opinions on key theoretical and methodological questions, complemented by a wide range of critical action research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: No One Ever Said It Would Be Easy
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No One Ever Said It Would Be Easy
As the preface suggested, nothing in this text is intended to be definitive. In various strands of critical action research, participants, locale, purpose, and report format vary widely. It should be no surprise, then, that the types of challenges that emerge from projects vary widely as well. While some are not surprising (as when a politician shows interest in research that appears critical of local industry), others often are (as when a researcher learns something unsettling about him- or herself). Part 5 offers a glimpse of such complexities.
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