Teaching and researching critical academic writing: scrutiny of an action research process


Johnston, Brenda (2003) Teaching and researching critical academic writing: scrutiny of an action research process. Educational Action Research, 11, (3), 365-387. (doi:10.1080/09650790300200227).

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This article aims to explore one way of making connections between a teaching problem, a research process and a theory arrived at through action research. The article suggests this as a fruitful approach to pedagogic research in general. It focuses on a particular action research project on developing critical academic writing in an international context, illustrating how a particular teaching problem led to an action research investigation which resulted in a principled, theoretical framework to describe and guide the development of critical academic writing. Arriving at the theoretical framework involved the iterative interaction of theory with practice and required the integration of multiple theoretical perspectives. The theoretical framework was based on general principles or praxiology. There are few studies of this type on critical academic writing, or indeed any pedagogic issue, which seek to: (1) provide a framework for teaching; (2) operationalise this framework; (3) rigorously research its impact in in-depth case studies; and then (4) revise the framework in the light of reflection and analysis.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0965-0792 (print)
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Keywords: action research, higher education, academic writing, theory building
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education
ePrint ID: 24140
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:13
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/24140

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