Why use action research for teachers’ professional learning in PNG?

Reta, Medi, Honan, Eileen, Evans, Terry, Muspratt, Sandy and Paraide, Patricia 2011, Why use action research for teachers’ professional learning in PNG?, in Proceedings of the Inaugural National Universal Basic Education Conference, [unknown], [unknown].

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Title Why use action research for teachers’ professional learning in PNG?
Author(s) Reta, Medi
Honan, Eileen
Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry orcid.org/0000-0001-5087-5727
Muspratt, Sandy
Paraide, Patricia
Conference name National Universal Basic Education Conference (1st : 2011 : Port Moresby, New Guinea)
Conference location Port Moresby, New Guinea
Conference dates 12-14 July 2011
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Inaugural National Universal Basic Education Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Total pages 9
Publisher [unknown]
Place of publication [unknown]
Keyword(s) teachers' professional development
action research
remote areas
Summary This paper reports on a study of the use of action research for remote primary school teachers’  professional learning in two provinces in PNG. There is significant international literature and research available on the characteristics of professional learning models that lead to quality outcomes for teachers and students alike. Action research is one approach to professional learning that includes a number of these internationally recognised characteristics. It constitutes an inquiry-based approach that encourages teachers to reflect on their own practices, and take ownership of the solutions to problems occurring in their own contexts.

The project draws on the international literature and research on effective professional learning, as well as the particular requirements of teachers in remote areas of Papua New Guinea, to develop a model for professional learning that could be adopted as a sustainable and effective approach to improving student learning outcomes. Improving such outcomes is essential in countries such as Papua New Guinea as they strive to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Basic Education.

The paper first provides a rationale for using action research in the context of remote schools in Papua New Guinea. A critique follows of the issues associated with the methodology and how these issues were resolved throughout the action research process and, finally, the paper concludes with some suggestions on how this model can be appropriated in other countries’ contexts.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 939906 Pacific Peoples Education
HERDC Research category L2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, National Universal Basic Education Conference
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036691

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