Re: [xmca] Action Research: Generalisable learning

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at>
Date: Thu Aug 16 2007 - 07:47:45 PDT

  In your comments about the bias and gatekeeping issues on 1st person writing, I find a good illustration of the issues discussed in the "Emotions at Work" thread.
  If the 1st person accounts actually have advantages for the study of the issues at hand, and the research honestly believes so, but nevertheless writes the 3rd person accounts because publishing is required to "make a living" as an academic, then one must certainly experience some kind of "frustration" and "alienation".
  For me, your comment really brings the relationship between "authentic" inquiry/intellectual work (ie, the directions/methodologies/practices/etc that one considers the best for addressing the subject of inquiry) and the structures of power, whatever they might be, that define what kinds of that work will be supported, (ie, that will provide a way to "make a living"), into the foreground.
  "walk upside down, inside handcuffs"
  Paul Dillon

Kimberly <> wrote:
  I think the greatest disadvantage of writing first person accounts may be a
bias toward third person accounts by many academics. And if those academics
are also the gatekeepers to publishing... What do YOU think the
disadvantages of first person accounts in scholarly writing are?


On 8/14/07 5:44 PM, "Mike Cole" wrote:

> Its interesting to see the AR-list cross over the XMCA list, and quite
> appropriate.
> What do you think the DISadvantages of first person accounts of phenomena
> claimed
> as data that warrant inferences to guide action might be, Kimberly? I tend
> to use one
> pov at some times, the other at others.
> mike
> On 8/14/07, Kimberly wrote:
>> I find discourse analysis very insightful as part of action research -
>> audio
>> taping group work sessions, class discussions, etc. then transcribing and
>> analyzing the talk. There is so much richness under the surface which
>> usually goes undetected in-the-moment of teaching. Discourse analysis
>> within an ethnographic study allows the researcher-practitioner to dig
>> deeper into more layers; to see things "big" as Maxine Greene would say.
>> Additionally, I prefer to write in first person. I do not wish "to
>> completely disassociate my feelings from the research" for who I am is
>> part
>> of the research. And that doesn't necessarily lead to a "softening" of
>> the
>> research. To try to deny self by "detaching" myself and writing in third
>> person seems misleading, possibly even deceptive. But then, I tend to
>> agree
>> with the teachings of Panofsky, Behar, Nash, Goodall, and others when it
>> comes to scholarly writing.
>> K. Cotter-Lemus
>> On 8/14/07 3:39 PM, "jose david herazo" wrote:
>>> Thank you very much Ana for your comments. In our discussion of Action
>>> Research at my University we are trying to arrive to an agreement about
>> how
>>> our teacher-to-be students should hand in their final action research
>>> reports, which they do as part of their practicum. We have agreed that
>> this
>>> should be done as an ongoing narrative of self-reflection, improvement
>> and,
>>> hopefully, transformation. However, as we are just starting on this
>> arena,
>>> we would like to read examples of the way it could be done, and thus
>> enrich
>>> our discussion. I would be very grateful If you, or anyone else on this
>>> discussion could help us with that.
>>> Thanks again
>>>> From: "Ana Paula B. R. Cortez"
>>>> Reply-To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
>>>> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
>>>> Subject: Re: [xmca] Action Research: Generalisable learning
>>>> Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 08:13:55 -0300 (ART)
>>>> Dear José-David,
>>>> I report findings as if the teacher of the study were a completely
>>>> different individual, but me. I use third person only ("the teacher",
>> "she
>>>> did this or that"...) to completely disassociate my feelings from the
>>>> research. I believe we tend to soften or simplify things when they're
>> about
>>>> ourselves and that's the richness of the action research, to give us
>> the
>>>> opportunity to look at ourselves as different subjects.
>>>> Hope you find it useful.
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Ana
>>>> jose david herazo escreveu: All the reflections
>>>> about Action Research you have made have given me light
>>>> to improve my role as researcher. I have a question to ask,maybe one of
>> you
>>>> could give me still more light! In my work as an amateur action
>> researcher
>>>> I very often find it difficult to report action research findings, How
>> do
>>>> you usually report them?
>>>> Thanks
>>>> José-David
>>>>> From: "Ana Paula B. R. Cortez"
>>>>> Reply-To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
>>>>> To:, "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
>>>>> Subject: Re: [xmca] Action Research: Generalisable learning
>>>>> Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 22:02:48 -0300 (ART)
>>>>> Very interesting, indeed! I personally find this kind of research
>>>>> fascinating, not only because there's an opportunity to look at the
>>>> school
>>>>> environment being part of it, but also as "an outsider", from a
>> different
>>>>> perspective. I tend to analyse collected data as if the person
>> teaching
>>>>> those lessons were another one, but myself. It's a way of solving
>>>>> teaching-learning practice problems, reflecting upon approaches and
>>>>> methodologies and, above all, finding ways to transform realities. In
>> my
>>>>> opinion, it's a great chance of coming up with alternatives to
>> overcome
>>>>> social barriers (now quoting Kincheloe, 1993. A formação do professor
>>>> como
>>>>> compromisso político - mapeando o pós-moderno. Porto Alegre: Artes
>>>> Médicas
>>>>> - sorry, I only have the reference in Portuguese).
>>>>> Besides, I include students in the analysis as well: I show them
>> video
>>>>> taped classes for us to debate so that they also get to know a bit
>> about
>>>>> the theory and they can criticize what they see (isn't that our
>> intention
>>>>> to educate students to become critical citizens? So why not actively
>>>>> including them in the study?). In this way, the multiplicity of voices
>>>>> generating conflict and discussion enriches the analysis and expand
>> the
>>>>> activity itself. I mean, in my case, teaching EFL in a Brazilian
>>>> bilingual
>>>>> school, this is the ultimate opportunity to transform the language as
>> a
>>>>> tool for a result into a tool and result (as defined by Newman and
>>>> Holzman,
>>>>> 1993. Vygotsky - Revolutionary Scientist).
>>>>> Ana
>>>>> Mike Cole escreveu:
>>>>> This is an ongoing discussion the the action research list that
>> ought
>>>> to
>>>>> be
>>>>> of interest to several of us.
>>>>> mike
>>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>>> From: Jack Whitehead
>>>>> Date: Aug 7, 2007 3:28 AM
>>>>> Subject: Re: [arlist-l] Generalisable learning
>>>>> To: Action research list
>>>>> [ Converted to plain text. -- B. ]
>>>>> On 6 Aug 2007, at 23:35, David Tripp (by way of Bob Dick) wrote:
>>>>> However, as the purpose of action research is improved practice,
>>>>> when- and where-ever improved practice is achieved and others get
>>>>> to know about it, they tend to try it too, and so the practice is
>>>>> generalised as it moves from "it happened once here" to "it
>>>>> happens, here, there and everywhere!" and that's so much more
>>>>> relevant and important in terms of the method than categorical
>>>>> generalisation of other kinds of research.
>>>>> I do like the idea that practice is generalised as it moves is the way
>>>>> David
>>>>> describes above. You can follow this kind of generalisation from
>> Chapter
>>>> 6
>>>>> Kevin Eames' narrative of his action research in one school from 1991:
>>>>> This chapter deals with another aspect of my practice as an action
>>>>> researcher, and moves beyond my own classroom to my work with
>> colleagues
>>>> at
>>>>> Wootton Bassett School. In contrast to the two preceding chapters, the
>>>>> focus
>>>>> has shifted back to my own practice, although at the time of writing,
>> in
>>>>> the
>>>>> autumn of 1991, I had been seconded to work with the advisory service
>> of
>>>>> Wiltshire LEA. The account I give here, therefore, is not concerned
>> with
>>>>> the
>>>>> current advisory work in which I was involved, but with events which
>> had
>>>>> taken place some time before.
>>>>> at:
>>>>> into Jacqueline Delong's action research between 1996-2002 into her
>> work
>>>> as
>>>>> a Superintendent of Schools in Ontario, generating a culture of
>> inquiry
>>>> in
>>>>> support of teacher action research in a whole school board in her
>>>> narrative
>>>>> of her"
>>>> MY
>>>>> at
>>>>> and into Moira Laidlaw's action research between 2000-2006 in China's
>>>>> Experimental Centre for Educational Action Research in Foreign
>> Language's
>>>>> Teachers, hosted by Ningxia Teachers University, at:
>>>>> When David describes ' the purpose of action research is improved
>>>>> practice',
>>>>> I'm not sure if knowledge-creation is included in what is meant by
>>>>> 'improved
>>>>> practice'. I tend to make a distinction between the questions I ask in
>>>>> researching to improve my educational influences with my students in
>>>>> questions such as, 'How do I improve my practice?' and the educational
>>>>> knowledge I generate as I explain my educational influences in my own
>>>>> learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of the social
>>>>> formations in which I live and work. I stress the importance in action
>>>>> research of both improving my practice and of enhancing the
>> educational
>>>>> knowledge-base through my contributions to educational theory. In my
>>>>> understandings of generalisability in action research I use the idea
>> that
>>>>> practice is generalised as it moves in the way David describes, I also
>>>> use
>>>>> an idea of generalisability when I see that ideas generated in one
>>>> context
>>>>> by an action research are being acknowledged as !
>>>>> of use in the narrative of another action research who is working and
>>>>> researching in a different context.
>>>>> Love Jack.
>>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>>> arlist-l mailing list
>>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>>> xmca mailing list
>>>>> Alertas do Yahoo! Mail em seu celular. Saiba mais.
>>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>>> xmca mailing list
>>>> _________________________________________________________________
>>>> Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today it's
>> FREE!
>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>> xmca mailing list
>>>> Flickr agora em português. Você clica, todo mundo vê. Saiba
>> mais.
>>>> _______________________________________________
>>>> xmca mailing list
>>> _________________________________________________________________
>>> Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today it's FREE!
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> xmca mailing list
>> _______________________________________________
>> xmca mailing list
> _______________________________________________
> xmca mailing list

xmca mailing list

Looking for a deal? Find great prices on flights and hotels with Yahoo! FareChase.
xmca mailing list
Received on Thu Aug 16 07:50 PDT 2007

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Mon Oct 08 2007 - 06:02:23 PDT