Feminism and Action Research

Year: 1986

Author: Beckett, Lori

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Feminist knowledge - knowledge which actively seeks to address the issues that impinge on the lives of women and girls - is a knowledge that educational research and educational practice can no longer ignore.

This paper argues that if feminist knowledge is to have an impact on educational and social life, then it needs to develop a critically-reflective view of the relation of theory to practice, which points towards a more fully developed theoretical basis
for successful feminist practice. This paper also argues that to do this, feminist knowledge would benefit by drawing on the insights of action research which by methodologically linking theory and practice, offers those committed to feminism a genuine opportunity to critically reflect on curricula with a view towards educational and social change.