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Reflecting Where the Action Is

The Selected Works of John Elliott, 1st Edition

By John Elliott


240 pages

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John Elliott has been a leading researcher, writer and thinker in education for thirty years, and has contributed over twenty books and five hundred articles to the field. This book brings together sixteen of his key writings, drawn together to show the development of his most important ideas and theories and to celebrate his career to date.

Starting with a specially written introduction, John Elliott gives an overview of his career and contextualises his selection. The chapters cover:

  • rethinking educational research
  • doing classroom action research
  • pedagogy as form of action research
  • the challenge of action research.

This book forms a single easy-access resource for researchers, academics and students who want a introduction to educational theory and an overview of John Elliott's key ideas.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The School-Based Curriculum Development Movement Curriculum Development as a Pedagogical Experiment Essay 1: A Curriculum for the Study of Human Affairs - The Contribution of Lawrence Stenhouse Essay 2: Developing Hypotheses about Classrooms from Teachers’ Practical Constructs - An Account of the Work of the Ford Teaching Project Holding Teachers to Account Essay 3: Preparing Teachers for Classroom Accountability Essay 4: Self-Evaluation and Teacher Competence Paradigms of Educational Research Essay 5: Classroom Research - Science or Commonsense Essay 6: Educational Theory, Practical Philosophy and Action Research Essay 7: Implications of Classroom Research for Professional Development Conceptions of Teaching as an Evidence-Based Profession Essay 8: Making Evidence-Based Practice Educational Essay 9: Using Research to Improve Practice - The Notion of Evidence-Based Practice Essay 10: Re-Thinking Pedagogy as the Aesthetic Ordering of Learning Experiences Resolving the Dualism of Theory and Practice Essay 11: Doing Action Research-Doing Practical Philosophy - What the Academy does with an Antagonistic View of Educational Inquiry Essay 12: The Struggle to Redefine the Relationship between ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Action’ in the Academy - Some Reflections on Action Research

About the Author

John Elliott is Professor of Education within the Centre for Applied Research in Education, which he directed from 1996-99. He is also a former Dean of the School of Education and Professional Development (1992-95). John Elliott is well-known internationally for his role in developing the theory and practice of action research in the contexts of curriculum and teacher development. In addition, John Elliott has been involved in policy-oriented evaluation research. From 1984-89, he was a member of the Home Office Review of Police Probationer Training.

He is the author and editor of a number of well-known publications in the fields of curriculum and teacher professional development, and has served as a consultant to national and international organisations. He is currently an Advisory Professor to the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and a consultant to the Hong Kong Government on the strategic development of its curriculum reform proposals.

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Classroom Management
EDUCATION / Professional Development