A student, a practitioner or a researcher? An attempt to reconcile the three roles through an undergraduate action research module
Papadopoulou, M. 2021. A student, a practitioner or a researcher? An attempt to reconcile the three roles through an undergraduate action research module. Educational Action Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2021.1886959
This paper reﬂects on the tensions and possibilities oﬀered by a newly developed Action Research (AR) module in a Higher Education (HE) institution. The module, that has now run its ﬁrst presentation, was oﬀered to ﬁnal year, undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) students who are already working in the early years sector. Its aims were two-fold: ﬁrst, to support students in developing the research and academic skills needed to obtain degree results; second, to become an emancipa- tory and political tool that can help practitioners critically examine the conditions that shape their practice. Drawing on the principles of critical, collaborative AR, students were supported in developing Communities of Practice (CoP) and in gradually moving from peripheral participation to assuming more central, expert positions. AR was also used by the tutor in order to evaluate the eﬀectiveness of the module. Results from the latter suggest that the ﬁrst, academic aims were met successfully. However, the second, emancipatory agenda faced challenges as the students seemed to assume a diﬀerent, learners’ agenda. This paper makes topical the apparent tensions between the roles of practitioner, student and researcher and considers whether a reconciliation between the three is possible.
|Keywords||Collaborative action research; Early years practitioners; Communities of practice; Communities of students; Student identities; Reflection|
|Journal||Educational Action Research|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2021.1886959|
|Online||15 Feb 2021|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||04 Feb 2021|
|Deposited||08 Mar 2021|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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