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Title: Building Teacher-Researcher Collaboration: Dilemmas and Strategies
Author(s): Meyer Reimer, Kathryn; Bruce, Bertram C.
Subject(s): Collaboration Classroom research K-12 Action research
Abstract: School-based and university-based research collaborations are becoming more common because they provide rich sources of data. Classrooms are complex systems and having the multiple perspectives of researchers from different contexts provides a broader and more dynamic view. However, collaborative research also brings with it some ethical issues researchers who have worked alone may not have experienced before. This paper examines problems of collaborative research and conditions for successful research that arose from discussions among university-based researchers. The problem areas that emerged ranged across a variety of epistemological and institutional Issues. These fell within seven large categories: (a) definitions of collaborative research, (b) roles of teachers and researchers, (c) time constraints, (d) expectations of employers, (e) whose voice gets heard, (f) openness and trust, and (g) political and institutional constraints. As with any dilemma, there are no clear solutions to the problems listed above. Explicitly considering the following conditions in response to the problems has, however, led to more satisfying and productive collaborative research relationships and products: (a) recognising that relationships take time, (b) recognising the role of disagreement, (c) discussing all aspects of the research project from the beginning, (d) acknowledging the organic nature of research projects, (e) striving to achieve parity in research relationships, and (f) reaching agreements about reporting the research. Teacher-Research Collaboration 1
Issue Date: 1994
Citation Info: Meyer Reimer, K., & Bruce, Bertram C. (1994). Building teacher-researcher collaboration: Dilemmas and strategies. Educational Action Research, 2(2), 211-221.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13368
ISSN: 1747-5074 (electronic)0965-0792 (paper)
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-08-03
 

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