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Action Research Networks: Role and Purpose in the Evaluation of Research Outcomes and Impacts
This article discusses the research regarding the formation and role of networks, and factors to consider when assessing the impact and outcomes of a network. It also looks at the connections between networks and action research (AR), and moves to a focus on the Evaluative Study of Action Research (ESAR), currently in its first stages, and outlines four levels of networks associated with the study. Finally, this article provides an early formative analysis with regard to the impact and outcomes of the ESAR team as a network to date. The authors conclude that the ESAR network provides evidence of each factor of well-functioning networks. Formative evaluations will continue for how the team network functions, as well as how each of the networks that develop functions as the research is undertaken.
Publication Year: 2016    |    Updated in ITEC: September 27, 2017
Proximal Ethnography: ‘Inside-Out-Inside’ Research and the Impact of Shared Metaphors of Learning
This article investigates the way Higher Education (HE) students use metaphors to make tangible the lived and living experience of learning. It provides a contemporary development of the ethnographic paradigm by offering a new model termed ‘proximal ethnography’ to capture the sense of inside-out-inside research, of being what one has studied. In this innovative model, the researcher shares the same experiences as the observed but does so outside their specific domain. The findings reveal that students possessed a hierarchy of motivating drivers; some of these remained stable while others fluctuated. Students' acceptance of this instability helped them succeed on their course.
Publication Year: 2013    |    Updated in ITEC: September 12, 2017
Informed and Uninformed Naïve Assessment Constructors’ Strategies for Item Selection
In this study, the authors examine the strategies reported by naïve assessment constructors. Naïve assessment constructors refer to those individuals with limited, if any, formal preparation for constructing classroom assessments. The authors identified 14 distinct strategies that coalesced into three families of strategies: Alignment, Item Evaluation, and Affective Evaluation. The authors suggest that teacher educators can guide learners to more appropriate strategies within each family and facilitate deliberate practice on their use.
Publication Year: 2017    |    Updated in ITEC: July 26, 2017
A Methodological Framework for Studying Policy-Oriented Teacher Inquiry in Qualitative Research Contexts
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of policy-oriented teacher inquiry that is collaborative, theoretically driven, and methodologically well-grounded. The author proposes a methodological framework for policy-oriented teacher inquiry that highlights multilayered research approaches and collaborative inquiry. She situates her arguments and the proposed framework in the context of qualitative research and Marx’s dialectic method. The author introduces four study phases that can enable deeper and more detailed understandings of relations between individual experiences, political structures, and material environments.
Publication Year: 2014    |    Updated in ITEC: July 9, 2017
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