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Action research as professional learning in and through practice
Charles Sturt University, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1963-5124
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013). (SOL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5086-6126
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6488-7438
2024 (English)In: Professional Development in Education, ISSN 1941-5257, E-ISSN 1941-5265, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 501-518Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is widely accepted that professional learning is a crucial aspect of the ongoing professional practice of educators. But how should this professional learning take place, and what arrangements enable and constrain practices associated with educator learning? In this article, we explore two case studies of action research projects: one undertaken with Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers, and the other undertaken with Swedish principals. Using the theory of practice architectures and the Professional Learning Framework (see text), we consider what action research team members identified that they learnt through the action research projects, and what enabled and constrained that learning. The findings highlight five key themes that enabled and constrained educator professional learning and supported educators in making positive changes in their professional practice: power and solidarity, trust, recognition, agency and time. Further, reflection and collaboration were also highlighted as important factors in supporting educator professional learning. We conclude that action research can enable educator professional learning, can support the contextualised understanding of what works, how it works and for whom it works, and can enable educators to make positive changes in their professional practices

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Routledge, 2024. Vol. 50, no 3, p. 501-518
Keywords [en]
Action research, professional learning, theory of practice architectures, VET teacher learning, principal learning, professional development
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Pedagogical Work Pedagogy
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-99619DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2024.2338445ISI: 001218890500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85190461902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-99619DiVA, id: diva2:1857633
Available from: 2024-05-14 Created: 2024-05-14 Last updated: 2024-06-12Bibliographically approved

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