Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Catelli, L. A. (1995). Action research and collaborative inquiry in a school-university partnership. Action in Teacher Education, 16 (4), 25-38.

Catelli proposes the use of action research as collaborative inquiry in school-university partnerships. The idea of collaborative inquiry originated in the action research models of the 1940s and 1950s, which described research by teachers in school settings undertaken to solve instructional problems. Collaborative inquiry, according to Catelli, refers to the combined efforts of teachers, researchers, and teacher educators to engage in a systematic and critically-oriented process of inquiry in order to understand and improve on some dimension of educational practice. Catelli describes a partnership project and explains the critical role of action research in the program. Two action research studies conducted by the teachers and researchers in the program are presented as examples of the value and power of this type of inquiry.

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