Educational action research in Singapore: To prove or improve?

Tan, Wah Kiat, Macdonald, Doune and Rossi, Tony (2009) Educational action research in Singapore: To prove or improve?. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 29 3: 357-371. doi:10.1080/02188790903100333

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Author Tan, Wah Kiat
Macdonald, Doune
Rossi, Tony
Title Educational action research in Singapore: To prove or improve?
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0218-8791
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02188790903100333
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 357
End page 371
Total pages 15
Editor A. Luke
D. Hogan
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Abstract The rise of educational action research amongst schools in Singapore can be attributed to the government's belief that educational research and reform can improve school performance and help Singapore keep pace with the impact of globalization. However, against a backdrop of neo-liberal educational reform where efficiency, accountability and demonstrable outcomes are valued, the underlying intent of the action research projects would seem to be inconsistent with the emancipatory intent normally associated with action research. A systematic review was conducted of 71 action research projects submitted to a local educational conference in 2006. Of concern to us is how action research has been narrowly interpreted and recruited simply as an evaluative tool with the emancipatory potential largely ignored. The paper is theoretically framed by governmentality and performativity to explore the embedded power relations that may “fabricate” the action research projects. The findings and discussions suggest a need for the government, schools and teacher-researchers to reflexively question the current expectation of action research and to be clear about its broader purpose.
Keyword action research
critical reflexivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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