Theory and Best Practices
Edited By Issa M. Saleh and Myint Swe Khine
PART III PRACTITIONER RESEARCH: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
181 CHAPTER 10 Opportunities and Obstacles in Action Research as a Pathway to Developing as a Practitioner Researcher Reyes L. Quezada Heather Lattimer Joi Spencer Abstract: This chapter will illuminate the opportunities and obstacles in the preparation of teachers/educators as practitioner researchers within a Masters Degree Program. It includes faculty and teachers/educators perspec- tives on the development and transition of practitioner action research projects as a way of developing as reflec- tive practitioners. The purpose of utilizing action research in this degree program is to develop the skills to be- come practitioner researchers who are able to more effectively implement pedagogically sound teaching and learning practices in their own classrooms. A discussion includes perspective on the faculty role in teaching teacher/educators how to conduct action research in their own classrooms. The discussion addresses four areas of tension related to engaging graduate students in practitioner action research. These include: (1.) The balance between honoring the sanctity of action research as defined by the field while simultaneously adapting expecta- tions to meet the learning demands of new teachers, (2.) The challenge of supporting novices in asking ques- tions and developing a research agenda that looks at substantive concerns within the classroom, (3.) The obsta- cles posed by the demands of school sites that are not consistently conducive to practitioner-ownership of action research, and (4.) The limitations of practitioner research in addressing the sociocultural concerns that were more typically contained within the traditional research thesis. Suggestions on implications for practice and pol- icy...
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