The Role of Teacher Education in Introducing Action Research into the Education System: A Case Study of an Education College

  • Orly Sela Oranim Academic College of Education
  • Miri Harel Oranim Academic College of Education
Keywords: action research, teacher education, professional development, qualitative research, grounded theory

Abstract

The study presents a case of a teacher education college which took upon itself the role of providing teachers with an opportunity to study their work as part of their professional development studies in three different frameworks. The objective of the study was to examine the role of the college as promoting research carried out by practicing teachers regarding their own work, from the teachers’ point of view. In all three frameworks the teachers had to conduct a study of their own work, following which they were asked to write a reflective text regarding the research process. These texts were analyzed using the grounded theory approach, resulting in three major categories. In-depth examination of the categories led to insights related to the responsibility academia can and should take upon itself in assisting teachers in developing their abilities to combine practice and theory and evolve from knowledge consumers to knowledge creators.

Author Biographies

Orly Sela, Oranim Academic College of Education

A lecturer and teacher educator at an academic teacher education college. Head of the Practical Final Paper Division of the MEd program and Head of the Promotion of Excellence in Teaching Unit. Received her PhD from Haifa University. Research interests include action research, TEFL and online teaching and learning.

Miri Harel, Oranim Academic College of Education

A lecturer at the Faculty of Education and the MEd program, and a pedagogical advisor in an academic teacher education college. Received a PhD degree from the School of Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Research interests include teachers’ knowledge, teacher as researcher, professional ethics and novice teachers.

Published
2012-08-14
How to Cite
Sela, O., & Harel, M. (2012). The Role of Teacher Education in Introducing Action Research into the Education System: A Case Study of an Education College. Current Issues in Education, 15(2). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/897
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Articles