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Practitioner Research in Teacher Education

Theory and Best Practices

Edited By Issa M. Saleh and Myint Swe Khine

Over the past decade there has been increased interest in teachers’ investigation of their own practice in their classrooms. Practitioner research is not a new concept in education and many teachers have attempted to enact and study their own practices with the view of improving teaching effectiveness. However, the findings of many of these studies are often not treated seriously by education scholars and policymakers, and not disseminated to others. In fact, the research process is perceived more as a professional development exercise for teachers to improve upon their own practices. Despite these criticisms, there is growing support for getting teachers to study their practices in the context of their own classrooms. This book has the potential of generating knowledge that not only informs and shapes teachers’ practices and professional development, but also makes the stakeholders aware of critical education issues. Distinct from action research, practitioner research provides the platform for teachers to try out ideas in practice as a means of improvement and of increasing knowledge about curriculum, teaching, and learning, and the ways of transforming them.

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PART I PRACTITIONER RESEARCH AND SCHOOL PRACTICES CHAPTER 1 Creating a Place for Research in Schools: Flowing with the Tide or Swimming Upstream? ........................................................................................... 1 Colleen McLaughlin CHAPTER 2 Creating a Schoolwide Culture to Support Practitioner Research ...................... 21 Lisa J. Vernon-Dotson, Temple S. Lovelace, and Kaleigh N. Bantum CHAPTER 3 Curriculum Management and Development: Practitioner Research And Quality Learning .................................................................................................. 39 Nagendralingan Ratnavadivel & Lim Chong Hin CHAPTER 4 Reconstructing professional knowledge through collaborative participatory research ................................................................................................................ 61 Lynne Hannay PART II PRACTITIONER RESEARCH: PATHWAYS TO PRACTICE CHAPTER 5 From Portrait to Practice. Learning to research into learning and teaching ....... 79 Johanna F. Schwarz & Michael Schratz CHAPTER 6 Teachers as Researchers: Models of Professional Learning ............................. 101 Muriel Wells vi CHAPTER 7 Pushing the Field of Practitioner Research: Utilizing ‘Reflective Third Spaces’ to Explore Educational Practice .............. 121 Ryan Flessner CHAPTER 8 Practitioner research for ESL in Indigenous education — who is the practitioner and what is the practice? ................................................................ 143 Robin McTaggart CHAPTER 9 Professional portfolios: A platform for graduate students’ self-study .............. 165 Helen Mahoney PART III PRACTITIONER RESEARCH: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES CHAPTER 10 Opportunities and Obstacles in Action Research as a Pathway to Developing as a Practitioner Researcher ........................................................... 183 Reyes L. Quezada, Heather Lattimer, and Joi Spencer CHAPTER 11 A ‘Framework of Opportunity’ for Practitioner Research ................................ 201 Christa Fouché & Neil Lunt CHAPTER 12 Teacher Inquiry as Phenomenological Bildungsroman .................................... 221 Jeong-Hee Kim CHAPTER 13 Opportunities and Obstacles: Thriving and Overcoming in Practitioner Research ............................................................................................................ 239 Amy Vetter, Melissa Marty, Joy Myers, Hollis Wroblewski, Madison Barringer, and Ashlea Hitchcock...

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