Action Research

The focus of this Special Interest Group is the development of action research as a paradigm, a methodology and a practice-changing practice. In this turbulent and fast-changing world, we are increasingly faced with complex problems that impact on, and have implications for, education. Action research provides us with a culturally and socially responsible way to generate knowledge that will help us to negotiate these ‘wicked’ problems. We concur with Freire, who said that education is not about training people to adapt to the world: we should be enabling them to change it. We position action research as a paradigm, grounded in definite, life-enhancing values and principles that underpin an inclusive and dynamic worldview. It is based on constructivist and critical theories that acknowledge that there can never be a final solution to any problem; that there are many equally valid ways to envisage what is perceived as reality; and that ongoing improvement is attained through critical reflection of the status quo, which understanding is followed by action to improve the situation. The Action Research SIG aims to create a space where action researchers of all genres who aim to bring about contextually and culturally relevant and sustainable educational change can learn from and with each other.

 

Members

Joseph Shosh
Ansie Kitching NWU
Juliet Ramohai UFS
Sonja Loots UFS
Cheryl Jaftha CUT
Novosti Buta PSP
Mari van Wyk UKZN
Mbhiza Wiseman
Annie Mafunganyika
Merna Meyer NWU
Christina Chitsign
Moeksisi Tlali UFS
Abdullah Bayat
Nixon Teis UFS
Omar Esau SUN
Angela James UKZN
Cias Tsotetsi UFS
Sechaba Mahlomaholo WSU
Rubina Setlhare-Meltor UJ
Ansurie Pillay UKZN
Andri Schoonen NMU
Andre Keet UFS
Marinda Swart UKZN
Doria Daniels SUN
Lyn Damons SUN
Lucky Maluleke NMU
Adam Cooper HSRC
Nome Nguvane MUT
Agnes Mohale UMALUSI
Moeketsi Mosia UFS
Nixon Teis UFS
Milton Nkoane UFS
Dipane Hlalele UFS
Michael Le Cordeur SUN
Maylene Basson UWC
Allison Fullard UWC
Manini Kotele
Mohmoodah Benjamin
Tarsisio Nyatsanza NMU
Renee Nathanson SUN
Lindsay Werner
Nosisana Mkonto CPUT
Subethra Pather UWC
Alan Pillay
M Noor Davids UNISA
Bruce Damons NMU
Rod Waddington Vuselela College
Jasmine Matope SUN
Hannelie Diepenaar CPUT

SIG Manager

Prof Lesley Wood | lesley.wood@nwu.ac.za
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