The quality of an action research thesis in the social sciences

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Title The quality of an action research thesis in the social sciences
Author Zuber-Skerritt, Ortrun Dorothea; Fletcher, Margaret Anne
Journal Name Quality Assurance in Education
Editor Professor John F Dalrymple
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose- The paper seeks to identify the quality characteristics of critical action research and action research theses compared to traditional research thesis writing. Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on the literature and our experience with supervising and examining action research theses, we identify key problem areas in the literature and suggest effective strategies for meeting these challenges and avoiding pitfalls through reflective practice and questioning insight. We include sets of crucial questions for higher degree students to address. Findings- The paper presents definitions of and checklists for quality action research, a quality thesis, and a quality action research thesis. We also present two conceptual models that illustrate the differences between (1) the 'research' and thesis 'writing' activities and processes in general; and (2) the collaborative core action research in the fieldwork and the critical action research thesis that needs to be the candidate's independent contribution to knowledge in theory and practice. Practical implications and value of paper - The definitions, checklists and conceptual models will be useful to postgraduates, supervisors and examiners of action research theses, because they clarify for them the similarities and differences between a traditional thesis in the social sciences and a thesis by action research. Key words - Action research; Theses; Education, Postgraduates, Quality Type of paper - Conceptual paper
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 15
Issue Number 4
Page from 413
Page to 436
ISSN 0968-4883
Date Accessioned 2007-12-10
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Educational Policy, Administration and Management; Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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