The dialogic practices of educational action research participants as a means of supporting or undermining its critical orientation

Evangelia Frydaki, Associate Professor, University of Athens

Eleni Katsarou, Assistant Professor, University of Crete

Abstract: This paper focuses on the dialogic practices of a group of educational action research participants. It discusses the requirements necessary for dialogue to enhance the critical orientation of action research. Drawing on two areas of scholarship, dialogue studies and post-structural discourse analysis, we made a critical discourse analysis on the dialogic practices of a group of teachers and post-graduate students who conducted action research. By investigating the extent to which the participants in an action research challenge and problematise their personal tacit knowledge, we formulate a proposal for analysing their dialogic practices, as a process that could really empower them.

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