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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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Chapter 7· Your Actions and Beyond: The Path to Self-Transformation

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The Path to Self-Transformation

Layers of Action Planning

If you have a good idea about the needs of your practice and have obtained various ideas from others for your practice improvement, the next step is to develop your action plan—what you are actually going to do to improve your practice. To get started on this process, you need to finalize your action research question. This is important because you are developing your action plan according to your finalized research question.

In action research, your actions will affect multiple layers of your practice. For example, for you to improve your students’ learning (Layer 1), you need to critically look at your actions in your practice (Layer 2), and be open to transforming your beliefs, values, and assumptions that guide your educational practice (Layer 3), as in the following.



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