Lin S Norton's Action research in teaching and learning : a practical guide PDF

By Lin S Norton

ISBN-10: 0203870433

ISBN-13: 9780203870433

ISBN-10: 0415437946

ISBN-13: 9780415437943

ISBN-10: 0415468469

ISBN-13: 9780415468466

A useful, down-to-earth advisor when you paintings in educating and studying in universities, this e-book may be integral examining when you wish to perform motion examine on their lonesome perform. Lin S Norton's suggestion of 'pedagogical motion study' has come from over 20 years' adventure of accomplishing such study, and greater than six years of encouraging colleagues to hold out small scale stories at an institutional, nationwide and foreign point.

This obtainable textual content illustrates what will be performed to enhance teaching/supporting studying by way of conducting motion examine to handle such questions similar to:

  • What am i able to do to enthuse my scholars?
  • What am i able to do to assist scholars develop into extra analytical?
  • How am i able to aid scholars to hyperlink thought with their perform?
  • What am i able to do to make my lecturing type extra obtainable?
  • What goes unsuitable in my seminars whilst my scholars do not speak?

Action study for educating and Learning bargains readers sensible recommendation on easy methods to examine their very own perform in a better schooling context. it's been written in particular to take the reader via every one level of the motion study approach with the final word target of manufacturing a examine examine that's publishable. Cognisant of the sector’s view on what's looked as if it would be ‘mainstream research’, the writer has additionally written a considerable theoretical part which justifies where of pedagogical motion learn when it comes to reflective perform and the scholarship of training and learning.

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It was limited, as it did not take him further and instead acted as a confirmation of what his own personal experience had led him to believe, which was that something was wrong with the students’ motivation. Unaware of any kind of pedagogical theory, which might have shifted his perspective on how students learn, his conclusion was to slide back into his former way of teaching. Kember (2000) writes about the importance of what he calls ‘perspective transformation’. He says that our professional practices can become so ingrained by often what are unconsciously held conventions that often we do not realise how these conventions may be constraining us from challenging existing practice and making changes.

Actively engaging with the scholarship of teaching and learning grounds reflective practice in a wider body of knowledge and experience, but there are many hurdles along the way. Persuading busy academics to get involved demands time and an institutional commitment to see teaching development as important as subject research development, and therefore, equally rewarded. For these reasons, top-down managerial approaches, as discussed earlier do not tend to work, but I will make the case that carrying out pedagogical action research is a practical way of enabling us to engage with the scholarship of teaching and learning.

At first glance, pedagogical action research does not appear to be a very practical solution, but consider for a moment what benefits might come of taking such an approach. It may, for example, deflect the head of the department from some of his concerns if Charles can present a proactive teaching-focused approach to the problem. The other advantage is that, rather than simply presenting a ready-made solution to the poor academic performance rates on his module, Charles is setting up a systematic enquiry into the possible causes, which would then give a reliable basis on which to take action.

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