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      Exploring teachers’ experiences of action research

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          Through exploring the author’s experiences of working with five teachers who undertook an action research project for their master’s dissertations, this article establishes that it is possible for critical participatory action research to address issues around the perceived de-professionalization of teachers, and challenge the exploitative nature of education within English state schools. Semi-structured interviews with five teachers showed that this was an empowering experience, which provided a number of benefits, including an increased sense of professionalism, and that they would recommend action research to other teachers. Their experiences and insights have been used to discuss options for implementing action research more widely, identifying potential challenges and suggesting possible solutions. Based on both sets of experiences, I suggest that it would be valuable for action research to be implemented more widely within the English education system, as a method of addressing teachers’ frustrations around accountability and performativity.

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          Action Research and Minority Problems

          Kurt Lewin (1946)
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                Journal
                lre
                lre
                London Review of Education
                LRE
                UCL Press (UK )
                1474-8479
                13 November 2020
                : 18
                : 3
                : 408-422
                Affiliations
                [1]UCL Institute of Education, UK
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Email: sinead.vaughan@ 123456ucl.ac.uk
                Author information
                https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0124-1610
                Article
                10.14324/LRE.18.3.06
                ef682599-1b8e-4b9a-a3d1-d132290a44cb
                Copyright © 2020 Vaughan

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

                History
                : 31 January 2020
                : 16 June 2020
                Page count
                References: 48, Pages: 16

                Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
                critical participatory action research,exploitative,de-professionalization,teacher retention,accountability,performativity

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