How aspects of Anthropology in Education relate to Action Research

Lewnidas  Swtiropoulos

Associate Professor University of Patras

ABSTRACT: An attempt is made to examine aspects of the anthropological research method and of action research, discussing similarities, differences and common elements. The vicinity of these two research methods is more evident when one uses the anthropological research method, ethnography, to understand better an educational act in which one is involved, usually as a teacher. Ethnography could aid an action researcher to understand better his/her initial problem or the state of affairs that his/her interventions have brought about. Emphasis is given to reflexivity and the fact that the Self is present throughout the research processes of these approaches; a need perhaps is thus evident of reflexivity to be pushed towards self-analysis.

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