ERIC Number: EJ1190652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Becoming a Scholarly Practitioner: As a Teacher in Higher Education 'How Do I Improve My Practice'?
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v15 n3 p224-234 2018
This paper explores what it means to research one's own practice, drawing on my experience as an educational action researcher and creating a "living theory thesis". I begin by identifying key theories that inform my approach, exploring how scholarship in the form of self-study is viewed as a discipline, addressing issues of rigour and validity and I explain how the values of an educational practitioner are central to this practice-based research. I then explain the origins of my research and explore the relationship between living theory and auto-ethnography, showing how storied accounts of my practice illuminate my inquiry. Next, I explore what becoming a reflective practitioner has meant for me and its place in my research. I then explore how I understand humanistic action research as a dialectical engagement with the world and in relation to the stages of my research. I conclude with a summary of my journey of research and scholarship and ask why self-study matters.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Improvement, Scholarship, Action Research, Autobiographies, Ethnography, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Educational Practices, Personal Narratives, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom