Action Research For Creating Networks In Pedagogical Practice
At present Latvian education system is in the process of shifting towards a competence-based approach that requires a change of attitudes and ways of thinking and acting. Action research can become as one of the most powerful methodologies for supporting the desired policy changes and contributing to the increased reflection, questioning and rethinking of existing practices, thus enabling all participants involved in the research to make wise educational judgements about what should be done to bring research results to life through the reality of practices. The aim is to investigate the possibilities of creating collaborative networks by supporting the ways of extending research-based practice and professional competence in the field of education. The research question is: How can action research be employed as a tool for improving pedagogical practice in the context of change? Qualitative content analysis of selected action research studies is employed as a method for examining the written data. Research sample – 45 practitioners involved in the teachers’ continuous professional development programme “Pedagogy” implemented at Liepaja University. The findings raise considerations of strategies for strengthening existing collaboration networks and ensuring the development of research networks in the field of education. The study points to the need to extend the reflective competence in the profile of the teaching profession.
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