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Beyond Actions

Psychology of Action Research for Mindful Educational Improvement


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 9· A Meta-Framework: Redefining Educational Research

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Redefining Educational Research

The Big Picture

By now, you must have realized that this book was written not only to guide you through the process of action research but also to show you how you can develop and grow as an educator. You must have also realized that this type of research can make your life thrilling and fulfilling as you delve into the complexity of real-life educational practice and your internal meaning-making system in the process.

But a true appreciation of action research will arrive when you actually go through at least two phases. By navigating through the first two phases, you will understand how one phase (i) feeds into to the next (i+1), as in the following.

i → i+1

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