Action Research Pedagogy in Educational Institutions: Emancipatory, Relational, Critical and Contextual

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Imagine a different world where ‘relational, collaborative learning processes with experiments to provoke future learning’ are commonplace. Despite the onslaught of neoliberalism, dedicated teachers within mainstream educational institutions have been keeping the dream of such a world alive through experiments with action research pedagogy.

In the current special themed issue of ARJ you’ll learn more about what action research education looks like by reading papers that focus on current education practices, primary through graduate level.

The special issue editors write …

“In our experience working in educational institutions, action research offers much potential as a methodology and pedagogical practice that prepares and supports learners to pursue transformative work.

It is a powerful tool that can be cultivated, coached, and continually developed in diverse traditional and non-traditional, informal educational arenas. But it is by no means an easy practice to learn or teach or facilitate.

We are deeply conscious of the exhaustive demands of the human work it takes to transform the world through intentional, influential research.

In addition to teaching the practice of collaborative, stakeholder-driven action research, educational programs that employ action research need to provide more than the usual level of support for learners as they work to challenge historical norms and give voice to those who are rarely heard. Faced with these challenges, teachers, leaders, and scholars continue to labor in search of new and innovative approaches to curriculum and research that engages local and global communities.

In what follows, we present four themes that we see as key in the kinds of action research pedagogy that supports students.
1. Emancipating through action researching pedagogy…”
Follow the forever link to read the full editorial and the papers gathered in the special issue. As this special issue is about to make way for the next issue, consider this your final reminder…