The impact of action research in Middle Eastern education contexts

Year: 2007

Author: Stephenson, Lauren, Harold, Barbara

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper discusses the impact of action research as a methodology and tool for teacher and leadership professional learning in a context of educational reform in the Middle East. The strengths and challenges of its use in the government sector, private sector and graduate educational contexts are described and analysed. The process of action research was complex and multilayered and included various aspects of change such as reflection, collaboration, adaptation, site based problem solving, communication, logistics and individual and collective learning.

The impact of action research clearly proves its value through the documentation of best practice and simultaneously it works to improve educational practices (Kember, 2002). It recognizes that action research is a powerful tool for addressing specific themes in practice, and attitudes and dispositions in the education profession.