Action research in schools – an important factor in teachers’ professional development

Educational Studies 35 (1):53-63 (2009)


Quality performance of the increasingly important professional role of the teacher requires a continued learning and professional growth of every individual. Action research represents one of the important factors in teachers’ professional development, in particular when it is designed as a collaborative process involving teachers and researchers. This dimension of cooperation has been developed as part of the project “Partnership between Faculties and Schools”, which also included an empirical study presented in this article. The survey has shown that among teachers, newcomers and experienced teachers are the most willing to participate in research work. Irrespective of the stage of their professional development, teachers are mainly prepared to be involved in introducing the findings and improvements into school practices, while communicating research results to wider public, preparing techniques and instruments for data collection and writing research reports rank among the least interesting activities for teachers’ involvement

Download options


    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,660

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

21 (#539,793)

6 months
1 (#388,311)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Similar books and articles

Teachers' Experience of Time: Some Implications for Future Research.Anne D. Cockburn - 1994 - British Journal of Educational Studies 42 (4):375-387.
Building a Professional Culture in Schools.Ann Lieberman (ed.) - 1988 - Teachers College Press.
Paradigm Lost? Subject Knowledge, Primary Teachers and Education Policy.Louise Poulson - 2001 - British Journal of Educational Studies 49 (1):40-55.
Representing Teachers' Professional Culture Through Cartoons.Terry Warburton & Murray Saunders - 1996 - British Journal of Educational Studies 44 (3):307-325.
Do We Need Professional Ethics for Special Needs Education Teachers?Júlia Klembarová - 2012 - Ethica and Bioethics (in Central Europe) 2 (3-4):153-165.