A practical, down-to-earth guide for those who work in teaching and
learning in universities, this book will be indispensable reading
for those who would like to carry out action research on their own
practice. Lin S Norton's concept of 'pedagogical action research'
has come from over twenty years' experience of carrying out such
research, and more than six years of encouraging colleagues to
carry out small scale studies at an institutional, national and
international level. This accessible text illustrates what might be
done to improve teaching/supporting learning by carrying out action
research to address such questions such as: What can I do to
enthuse my students? What can I do to help students become more
analytical? How can I help students to link theory with their
practice? What can I do to make my lecturing style more accessible?
What is going wrong in my seminars when my students don't speak?
Action Research for Teaching and Learning offers readers practical
advice on how to research their own practice in a higher education
context. It has been written specifically to take the reader
through each stage of the action research process with the ultimate
goal of producing a research study which is publishable. Cognisant
of the sector's view on what is perceived to be `mainstream
research', the author has also written a substantial theoretical
section which justifies the place of pedagogical action research in
relation to reflective practice and the scholarship of teaching and
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