1st Edition

Action Research for Change and Development

Edited By Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt Copyright 1991
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 1991, Action Research for Change and Development presents a collection of papers evolved from an international symposium on Action Research in Higher Education, Government and Industry held in Brisbane in 1989. The book is structured in three parts. Part one consists of reflections on the meaning and theoretical foundation of action research. Part two discusses various aspects of action research methodology; and Part three presents case studies of action research. The aim of the book is to bring together international experts in action research in higher education in order to present and discuss a variety of models of action research which have been developed in parallel in many parts of the world. This book will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of education, higher education, business, industry, and community development.

    New Preface Acknowledgements Foreword David Limerick Introduction Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt Part I: Reflections on the Foundations of Action Research 1. Defining, Confining or Refining Action Research? Herbert Altrichter, Stephen Kemmis, Robin McTaggart & Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt 2. Towards Action Research Systems Richard Bawden 3. From Action Research to Collaborative Enquiry: The Processing of an Innovation Peter Holly 4. Improving Education Through Action Research Stephen Kemmis Part II: Methodology 5. Do we need an Alternative Methodology for Doing Alternative Research? Herbert Altrichter 6. Developing Constructive Action: Personal Construct Psychology, Action Research and Professional Development Maureen Pope and Pam Denicolo 7. Action Research as a Model of Professional Development Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt Part III: Case Studies 8. Action Research in Teacher Education Kate Ashcroft and Morwenna Griffiths 9. Action Research for Aboriginal Pedagogy: Beyond ‘Both-ways’ Education? Robin McTaggart 10. Action Research in Medical Education: Improving Teaching via Investigating Learning Norman Eizenberg 11. Action Research in Facilitating Change in Institutional Practice John Jones Notes on Contributors Appendix One: List of Symposium Participants Appendix Two: Symposium Program


    Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt, at the time of editing this book in 1991, was a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at Griffith University, Australia. She is now retired. Her story as the University’s first female academic in 1974 has just been published by Griffith University Archive.