From Classroom To Activity Room; From Teacher To Students

From Classroom To Activity Room; From Teacher To Students

By Aboosaly Fowzun Nihara

Collaborative Action Research method was employed to examine the author’s professional practice as a resource person and to take action to strengthen teaching and learning in a selected primary school in Sri Lanka. Qualitative data collected from In-depth interviews and videotaped observations were analyzed to develop a narrative story.  Addressing the problem of teacher centeredness in primary . . .

Kandy, LK
Putting Curricular Theories into Action

Putting Curricular Theories into Action

By Dane Stickney

We at the University of Colorado-Denver frame our master’s level Curriculum Theories course with a contentious quote: “Curriculum in any time and place becomes the site of a battleground where the fight is over whose values and beliefs will achieve the legitimization and the respect that acceptance into the national discourse provides” (Kliebard, 1995, p. 250-251). While the battlefield language is a bit . . .

Denver, CO, US
Curriculum: Created From Fear and Doused in Ignorance

Curriculum: Created From Fear and Doused in Ignorance

By Frank Miller

Curriculum is an important concept, especially in regards to the value education has on the growth of a successful society. Through research and analysis, this report examines discussions surrounding curriculum theories, the personal implications that these theories put on me as an educator, and the results of experimentation in the different methods of pedagogy. Through dissections of topics . . .

Denver, CO, US
Curriculum Ideology Wars and the Post-Pandemic Teacher Shortage

Curriculum Ideology Wars and the Post-Pandemic Teacher Shortage

By Daniele Skor

This paper examines some literature of curriculum theories, which led the author to investigate the role of teacher autonomy in enacting curriculum. In addition, the author researched the role of curriculum in the post-pandemic teacher shortage. Through this research, the author found that anti- “critical race theory” policy and ideology cause a great deal of stress for educators . . .

Colorado Springs, CO, US
Worn Out: Critical Pedagogy and Implications

Worn Out: Critical Pedagogy and Implications

By Guillermo Vela

This essay analyzes the effects of long-held racism on American education and proposes the employment of critical pedagogy as a way forward. In the United States today, students of color face an education industry that has and continues to fail them. The work of education theorists, equity advocates, and critical pedagogues supports the development of anti-racist educators and schooling. Their work is used as a . . .

Denver, CO, US
Flipping the Script: Rewriting the Argument for YPAR in Classrooms

Flipping the Script: Rewriting the Argument for YPAR in Classrooms

By Milahd Makooi

Youth participatory action research (YPAR) can be powerful for youth and teachers, but can also be difficult to explain. In a profession where teachers are expected to explain and justify every move, being able to articulate YPAR pedagogy is not easy. This essay explores one middle-school classroom’s journey into YPAR, the challenges to put this experience into . . .

Arvada, CO, US
Undergirded with Urgency

Undergirded with Urgency

By Dominic Repucci

“Undergirded with Urgency” provides a framework for educators and scholars to engage in Roundtable Discussions that challenge participants to make effective, equity-oriented curricular decisions while teaching in the context of poverty. On top of providing a plan for a Roundtable Discussion, this paper synthesizes how theories presented by Paul Gorski (2018), Gloria Ladson-Billings (1995), Django Paris (2012), Michael Schiro (2013), and Elliot . . .

Pueblo West, CO, US
Curriculum: A Tool of the Oppressor

Curriculum: A Tool of the Oppressor

By Meghan Tocci

This paper evaluates a variety of curriculum theories and basic principles of curriculum and instruction with the ultimate goal of understanding how curricular orientations can affect the experiences of both students and educators. Upon examination of my curricular beliefs in conversation with the views of employer, the Denver Public School District, I have discovered that a majority of my previous curricular understandings . . .

Denver, CO, US
Embracing Change: Addressing Bias and Misconception In the Academic Setting

Embracing Change: Addressing Bias and Misconception In the Academic Setting

By Sumner True

This paper explores curriculum theory literature that leads the author to understand the importance of developing critical thinking skills among students. The author then created a unit in which 6th grade students on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) were given an opportunity to read a novel that discussed misconceptions and bias, and write a personal reflection . . .

Castle Rock, CO, US
The Standoff Against Curriculum

The Standoff Against Curriculum

By Cameron Neumann

There is considerable research regarding prescribed curricula and how these curricula are based on the language, culture, and history of white European descendants, while not acknowledging the history and culture of other racial groups in the United States. I prepared and implemented a unit around identity in my classroom with my students. First, I gave an overview of intersectionality, specifically looking . . .

Denver, CO, US
Mind maps to support students’ learning in Chemistry: Case-study approach

Mind maps to support students’ learning in Chemistry: Case-study approach

By Tara Kiran Kurre

To overcome the difficulty in learning Chemistry for students and in particular to help with their understandings of Organic Chemistry reactions, I used mind maps as a technique. Mind maps are an outline of ideas that emerge from a central theme or concept. Each student developed their own mind maps after I taught them first, and the students then used them consistently . . .

Bangalore, IN
An Evaluation of Leading Teacher Learning in Secondary Schools

An Evaluation of Leading Teacher Learning in Secondary Schools

By Alexander Pallister

This essay is presented as an evaluation of leading teacher learning in secondary schools. The paper considers three key areas: (1) The role of school leaders in relation to the professional development of teachers; (2) The contribution of mentoring in relation to teacher development; and (3) The concept and value of teacher leadership in relation to coaching and learner . . .

Manama, BH
Teacher workload concerns: What are the causes and effects?

Teacher workload concerns: What are the causes and effects?

By Amrita Johal

Teachers’ workload and its impact on staff recruitment and retention are a growing concern. This essay examines the perspectives of three teachers working in a secondary school in the UK and shows how workload has impacted their careers. Through the use of email interviews, the paper aims to explore the perspectives of the individuals, providing a glimpse into . . .

Loughborough, ENG, GB
Organizing for Justice:  The Power of Participatory Action Research

Organizing for Justice: The Power of Participatory Action Research

By Donna Nevel

This essay shares my passion for, and belief in, principles of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as an approach that can help strengthen and deepen our work for justice. I share some of what I learned experiencing PAR in practice beginning from the time I spent in Costa Rica working with the late Marcos Guevara. They were profound lessons that I carry with me in . . .

Miami, FL, US
Teachers’ Perceptions of the Role of Teacher Leadership

Teachers’ Perceptions of the Role of Teacher Leadership

By Bernadette Rhodes

This case study explored the role of teacher leadership in a post-16 college in England. The study investigated (a) teachers’ conceptualisations of teacher leadership, (b) the roles, responsibilities and tasks of teacher leaders, and (c) the facilitators and inhibitors of teacher leadership. A survey approach was adopted using a web-based questionnaire. Of the 74 teachers invited, 39 teachers from 30 different subject areas . . .

Nottingham, ENG, GB
A Journey in Action Research

A Journey in Action Research

By You Chuan Teoh

Educational action research seems wonderful on paper, where teachers actively participate in developing themselves, learning from each other and trying to improve classrooms, schools, and education systems. However, in reality, the use of action research in education can be a daunting task, and depending on the education policy direction underlying its use in an education system can be anything but a wonderful experience. This essay . . .

Singapore, SG
A Student Friendly Programme To Clean The School

A Student Friendly Programme To Clean The School

By Lummini Gunathilaka

A pleasant environment contributes to a peaceful mind as well as success in education. A stress-free mind for students is facilitated by a pleasant school environment created by the students by cleaning the school environment before the commencement of the school day. That was the focus of the project reported in this paper. The school where I was first appointed as a teacher is located in a . . .

Kandy, LK
Microteaching as a Method to Enhance Prospective Teachers’ Teaching Skills

Microteaching as a Method to Enhance Prospective Teachers’ Teaching Skills

By H.M. Nalini Dhammika Kumari

Microteaching and teaching practice are two integral parts of pre-service teacher education programmes. Microteaching has been used since the 1960s in teaching and learning environments including teaching practices of pre-service teachers. The emphasis of professional development in teacher education has been on . . .

Gampaha, LK
A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 19

A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 19

By Meagan Call-Cummings

This essay is a reflection on the Action Research Podcast, Episode 19. Dr. Patricia Maguire discusses feminisms and action research. I pull out some themes and thoughts listeners may find useful. When I began to listen to this Podcast, right off, I recognized myself in Dr. Maguire’s story. As she explains it, she came to action research – or participatory action research – as did I, from involvement in the international . . .

Fairfax, VA, US
Ethics in Action Research: AR Podcast Episode 17

Ethics in Action Research: AR Podcast Episode 17

By Shikha Diwakar

This article is a review of an episode of the Action Research Podcast. In Episode 17, co-hosts Adam Stieglitz (PhD candidate) and Dr. Joe Levitan talked with Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller about some of the tricky concepts like navigating power differentials as an action researcher; conventional versus covenantal ethics; challenges within IRB and the human subject review system; ethical imperialism; and why we need a new . . .

Montréal-Est, CA
A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 16

A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 16

By Adam Stieglitz

This article is a short reflection of The Action Research Podcast episode 16 with Dr. Deborah L Schussler, where we talk about how different methodological approaches relate to action research. I reflect on this episode from three different lenses: co-host, action researcher, and podcast listener. The Action Research Podcast is a recurring (iterative) podcast meant to bring action research theory and practice to . . .

Calca, PE
Action Research Tradition of Sports Sciences in Sri Lanka

Action Research Tradition of Sports Sciences in Sri Lanka

By Thanuja Liyanage

The Department of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka, has earned a reputation as a leader in sports education and has been recognized nationally since 2008 for the delivery of two full-time undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Sport Sciences & Management. Students complete two action research studies in partial fulfillment of . . .

Colombo, LK