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Action Research: Where Theory and Practice Converge

Improving Learning Strategies in Education

Discussant Information

Dr. Sheron Burns
School of Education, UWI, Cave Hill Campus
sheron.burns@cavehill.uwi.edu

Author Information:

Donna Walter MSW
UGA, College of Education
donnawalter00@gmail.com

Presentation Information:

Presentation #: 1
Date: 2nd June, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: CHRISTOPHER

Abstract:

In this session, two scholar-practitioners will share how they implemented action research (AR) methodology to educate adults in two very different studies. One author conducted a study with rural small holders farmers while the other author?s setting was a large, multicultural Catholic church. ?AR focuses on ?specific problems within a specific setting? (Merriam, 2009, p. 4). Glassman, Erdem, and Bartholomew (2012) explain that while there are several approaches to AR there are common premises which can be found in each?including: definition of a system or organizational problem, development of ?an action design? centered in small group dynamics to address the problem, community members as the change agents, and inclusion of adult education (pp. 274-275). ?This framework creates a foundation of change agents along with long-term growth, program success, and operational efficiency by cultivating experiences, tools, and interventions to foster long-term success. Stringer (2007) notes that, ?change is an intended outcome of action research ? subtle transformations brought about by the development of new programs or modifications to existing procedures? (p. 208).?