Psychology of Action Research for Mindful Educational Improvement
Chapter 5· Grasping Needs of Reality: Objectivity vs. Subjectivity
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Objectivity vs. Subjectivity
Now that you know multiple validity criteria that you could use in your action research, you are ready to conduct your own action research project. As a first step, you will be assessing the needs of your practice in relation to your initial research question. In this chapter, we will discuss how to conduct a needs assessment to critically grasp the needs of your practice for your action research.
As human beings, we all have a tendency to develop personal interpretations of events and phenomena we encounter. We often create a personal view about which baseball team is the best, what brands of mineral water are tasty, how much your home is worth, and so on. However, in reality, things could easily go against our expectations and assumptions. You must have experienced the betrayal of your subjective perception by reality such as seeing your favorite baseball team miserably lose an important game.
And in our everyday lives, we might bump our heads against a wall when leaning too far back and stumble when we do not expect a rock in front of our footsteps. These experiences help us realize that many things can exist and happen against our expectations. We might stumble on a rock because it does not exist in our subjective perception until it suddenly appears when we stub our toes. This means that intuitionism can be quite a dangerous path.
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