Action Research as a Reflective Practice
10 cp Prerequisites Nil Teaching Organisation
This unit is designed to introduce preservice teachers to action research as a means of enabling reflective, evidenced-based practice thus informing their teaching and learning. The unit focuses particularly on the practical implementation of reflective processes through field-based research where preservice teachers will face several teaching problems or issues. They will make a choice to investigate one of these, formulating a research question focused on improving or developing their practice. They will then design and implement a research project to further their understanding of their own teaching and learning within this focus area, and to evaluate the outcomes of the research finding and the impact of the selected strategies used. The unit encourages preservice teachers to develop an understanding of themselves as teacher-researchers through reflection on the findings from their research. This unit emphasises the development of self-regulatory strategies that provide a scaffold for continued use of reflective practices and use of evidence to inform this teaching.