The contribution of action research to the active participation of pupils
Christina Katsenou, PhD, Environmental Education Research Centre/ Faculty of Early Childhood Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Evgenia Flogaitis, Professor, Environmental Education Research Centre/ Faculty of Early Childhood Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Georgia Liarakou, Associate Professor, Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, University of the Aegean
This article aims to explore the contribution of action research to the development of active participation of pupils in the context of the sustainable school. Action research is looked at not simply as a methodological tool for the exploration of participation, but as a key element of the educational actions that promote the active participation of pupils. Educational research was conducted during a school year to a primary school in Lavrio (Greece), with the participation of two teachers and the pupils of two classes (the upper grades-fifth and sixth). Action research methodology facilitated the critical, reflective and, at the same time, organised and systematic exploration of the active participation of pupils. Its contribution to the objective of the research, i.e. enhancing active participation of pupils, was also fundamental. As it is clearly reflected in the research data, action research helped pupils participate actively and improve their participation, addressing the difficulties they identified.
Keywords: action research, participation, sustainable school, primary school