ACTION RESEARCH IN TEACHER TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Abstract

Author(s): Yrd. Do├ž. Dr. Abdullah KUZU

Action research, which has been a frequently used research method recently, is considered a fruitful research approach used by academicians and teachers to obtain systematic and scholarly information, and to develop current applications in different fields of education. Generally considered as a qualitative research method, action research makes use of both qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Its primary purpose is to understand instructional processes, to manipulate the instruction and develop it further. Action research is also considered as a bridge between theory and practice in instructional endeavors which is conducted in a planned, organized and collaborative way involving teachers’ observing their own applications, scrutinizing on problems occurred during instruction and suggesting solutions for those problems. In the current study, general characteristics of action research are introduced and its significance in teacher training and professional development are provided. In addition, possible ways to integrate action research into the curriculum of Computer Education and Instructional Education Programs were discussed in line with the teacher training curriculum changes suggested by the Higher Education Council in 2006.

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