February 5, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
While a traditional academic view holds that the only “real” scholarship is driven by theory and testable hypotheses (subsequently applied to practical settings), action research recognizes important insights which come from practice to theory. Action research is distinguished from other research forms not by how it is done but why. It aims to address worthwhile and practical concerns by taking up urgent problems facing communities now. As such, it is a participative, democratic, and emergent process.
As is typical of research approaches that are becoming part of the academic mainstream, confusion and debate exist about what action research is and to what standards of rigor it should be held. In this webcast, learn more about action research as an approach to scholarship and see examples of fruitful action research studies. Understand how champions are describing action research as a legitimate, appropriate, and rigorous way of knowing and generating knowledge. Develop your own ideas about problems that are challenging members of your community right now and how action research could help them flourish.
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