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Comparison between Action Research and Praxis-Based Research by Mind Map: Comparison between
Action Research and
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Comparison between Action Research and Praxis-Based Research

Mayo, E. (2006). Researching together: Praxis-based research among practitioners. In C. Mutch Challenging the notion of the 'other': Retraining research in the Aotearoa New Zealand Context. (pp. 119-139). Wellington: NZCER Press.

Action Research

centres on a specific situation.

doesn't need to be grounded in theory or literature.

doesn't require specific training or skills.

involves the people the researcher usually works with, but not always the researcher.

is a useful tool for professional development.

is based on flexible planning.

is situation-based (findings may not be able to be generalised).

is systematic.

is time consuming.

makes use of the researcher's own reflections.

promotes positive social change.

typically uses qualitative data.

Praxis-Based Research

aims to generate new theories of learning.

aims to promote communities of practice.

always involves the practitioner as researcher.

attempts to overcome barriers of time.

can be used as conversation starter for professional development.

empowers teachers as researchers.

integrates theory and practice.

investigates interactions between our actions and our understandings.

investigates the role the practitioner plays in the environment.

promotes positive social change.

uses personal reflection as a key data source.

Gall, J.P., Gall, M.D., & Borg, W.R. (2005). Chapter 15 Action Research. In J.P. Gall, M.D. Gall, & W.R. Borg (2005) Applying educational research. A practical guide. (5th ed.) 487-521. Boston, MA: Pearson.