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Politics and action research: An examination of one school’s mandated action research program
Action Research
  • Ryan Flessner, Butler University
  • Shanna Stuckey, Indiana University - Bloomington
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2014
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476750313515281
Additional Publication URL
http://ajr.sagepub.com
Abstract
Action research has been shown to empower educators, create lasting changes in schools, and have an impact on student learning outcomes. Given these positive results, many school leaders are beginning to mandate the use of action research within their schools. While some in the field have warned against mandating action research, there is little research examining the effects of doing so. This study examines the mandated school-wide action research program at Fieldstone Elementary. While some results align with the action research literature (importance of collaboration, necessity of time to conduct action research, etc.), this article also examines the political tensions surrounding these ideas. Implications for those interested in mandating action research programs are provided.
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This is a post-print version of an article originally published in Action Research, 2014, Volume 12, Issue 1.

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The version of record is available at SAGE.

Citation Information
Ryan Flessner and Shanna Stuckey. "Politics and action research: An examination of one school’s mandated action research program" Action Research Vol. 12 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 36 - 51
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ryan_flessner/11/