Action Research in Education is an essential guide for any lecturer, teacher or student-teacher interested in doing research. This exciting new edition of a popular text is an important resource for any education professional interested in investigating learning and teaching. Building on the success of Action Research in the Classroom, the authors have revised, updated and extended this book to include examples from further and higher education.Authors Vivienne Baumfield, Elaine Hall, and Kate Wall map out easy-to-follow steps for usefully applying an action research approach and provide practical tips and examples of real-life practitioner research projects from a range of schools, colleges and universities. This book will help teachers to: • Understand and apply practitioner inquiry • Enhance their problem-solving skills • Locate their own activity in a wider context • Maximize opportunities to develop practice • Evaluate the needs of their learners Clear, pragmatic and timely, this is a must-have text for all teachers and students of education.

Exploring your Own and your Colleagues' Professional Knowledge

Exploring your Own and your Colleagues' Professional Knowledge

Chapter Enquiry Questions

  • Is the answer to your question already in your head or the head of someone else sitting in your staffroom?
  • What do you and your colleagues know that you never talk about?
  • How can you get at all this implicit understanding?
  • What kind of question are you asking about your practice?

Introduction: What do Teachers Know? Making ‘Practical Knowledge’ Explicit

Teachers in all contexts are experts in a series of interrelated areas of knowledge and practice: they know a great deal about learning, about classroom management, about curriculum, about ways to communicate their understanding of content and process, about the relationships with learners that promote better motivation and attainment, about the environment they work in and the communities they ...

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