The Pre-Service Educator as Action Researcher and Leader
Dr. Thomas G. Ryan, Professor, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Action research (AR) is a means to investigate practical issues and can be employed to improve the practice of education, with pre-service teachers-researchers studying their own problems or issues in a school or educational setting. AR can be viewed as a reflective habit of mind, crucial for teachers to be effective, as it can be infused into practice; and a level of freedom can be realized in pre-service teaching via AR.
Keywords: Action research, pre-service, reflective, teacher development