RE: [xmca] Action Research and its relationship to XMCA theoreticaland methodological interests

From: Michael Glassman (
Date: Sun Jan 21 2007 - 09:15:51 PST

Had a chance to take a look at both Cathrene's chapters and the paper by Anne Edwards. It is really interesting, good work. I am left with an initial question. In both cases (and I might be wrong here), what the authors were saying that CHAT (or SCRAT) have to offer action research is a historical perspective, which, from what I am reading, is not really part of Action research. The question this brings to mind is, "Is this a good thing?" Do we naturally take historical analysis as a good when we are attempting to deal with immediate problems, and to sort of break the yoke the the larger cultural foregrounding when attempting to deal with immediate problems, or does it in some way "stack the deck" and force a more culturally historical acceptable solution to the problem. It's a problem I really struggle with. One thing that Cathrene's chapters really did for me is make me recognize the relationship between micro-genetic research and action research - because I suppose in the best of all possible worlds micro-genetic research is action research (or is it the other way around?)


From: on behalf of Wolff-Michael Roth
Sent: Sun 1/21/2007 11:32 AM
To:; eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] Action Research and its relationship to XMCA theoreticaland methodological interests

Hi all, regarding the question of action research in schools and
CHAT---i.e., the points Anne Edwards article is about---we also had
written many years ago a conceptualization of this form of research
and some variants in an online article that some might find
interesting in this context:

Roth, Wolff-Michael, Lawless, Daniel V. & Tobin, Kenneth (2000,
December). {Coteaching | Cogenerative Dialoguing} as Praxis of
Dialectic Method [47 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung /
Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 1(3). Available
e.htm [Date of Access: Month Day, Year]

Cheers, Michael

On 19-Jan-07, at 5:37 PM, Mike Cole wrote:

Two papers have been posted and can now be found at the xmca website:

Catherene's chapters and the article by Anne Edwards.

We will be posting an article from the most recent, exciting, issue
of MCA
shortly. More about
that later since there is slippage in the process.

But the papers for discussion are there. Perhaps
Time for doing some research by taking action and finding them so you
comment, ask questions,
or provide an excuse not to do the dishes!!

Have a nice weekend all.
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