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Professional Learning in Higher Education and Communities

Towards a New Vision for Action Research

O. Zuber-Skerritt M. Fletcher J. Kearney

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Palgrave Macmillan
20 February 2015
Higher & further education, tertiary education; Industrial or vocational training
By integrating neuroscience and social science, this book introduces a bold new vision of Participatory Action Learning and Action Research (PALAR). The authors explain and enhance the art of action research through PALAR as a philosophy, methodology and theory of learning and as a facilitation process for professional learning and social justice.
By:   O. Zuber-Skerritt, M. Fletcher, J. Kearney
Imprint:   Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   4.974kg
ISBN:   9781137455178
ISBN 10:   1137455179
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   20 February 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
PART I: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING THROUGH CRITICAL REFLECTION 1. Conceptual Framework 2. Professional Learning 3. Critical Reflection 4. Action Research PART II: CASE STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES 5. Professional Learning with Academics: Case Studies from South Africa 6. Professional Learning with Community Leaders: Case Studies from Six African Countries 7. Professional Learning through University-Community Partnerships in Australia PART III: IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS 8. Professional Learning through an Action Research Thesis 9. Conclusions and Critical Reflections

Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt is Professor Extraordinaire, North West University, South Africa. Her previous books include Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development (2013) with Richard Teare, and Action Research for Sustainable Development in a Turbulent World (2012). Margaret Fletcher has been working as an educator for 40 years and her research and publications focus on best practice in teaching, learning and change facilitation with an emphasis on using action research methods to explore innovative and transformative solutions to complex problems. Judith Kearney is Director of Community Partnerships at the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Australia.

Reviews for Professional Learning in Higher Education and Communities: Towards a New Vision for Action Research

This book is not just another volume on action research that quotes all the well-known references, but one of the most informative and elegantly constructed books on Action Research I have read recently. ... I highly commend this volume to practitioners in Development Studies, Mission Studies, and to students of action research particularly in continuing, higher and community education. ... Buy a copy for your own interest, and recommend it to post-grad action researchers and to your institution's librarian. (Brian Wakeman, Educational Action Research, Vol. 25 (5), October, 2017) The text is well researched and draws on the important work of others ... to provide a robust discussion and valuable resource for the researcher. The text will, no doubt, be valuable for students, researchers and supervisors of AR which focuses on transforming and improving challenging and complex workplace and community settings. (Teresa De Fazio, Higher Education Research & Development, October, 2016) This new book on Action Research for professional learning pushes the boundaries of models and applications of Action Research in a variety of contexts and countries. - Pip Bruce Ferguson, Educational Journal of Living Theories


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