HERBERT ALTRICHTER was born in 1954 in Vienna, Austria. He received a PhD from the University of Vienna in 1978. Between 1980 and 1991 he was a lecturer at the University of Klagenfurt. From 1991 to 1996 he was Professor of Business Education at the University of Innsbruck, and he is currently Professor of Education and Educational Psychology and Head of Department at the Johannes-Kepler University of Linz. He is the author of Teachers Investigate Their Classrooms (1994).
J. MYRON ATKIN, Professor of Education at Stanford University and a science teacher for seven years at elementary and secondary school levels in New York, also served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At both Illinois and Stanford, he also was Dean of Education – from 1970 to 1979 at Illinois and from 1979 to 1986 at Stanford.
MARIE BRENNAN is Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Postgraduate Education) and coordinates the Master of School Management for the Faculty of Education at Central Queensland University, Australia. She has been involved as researcher and facilitator for action research projects with educators and students in a variety of settings for almost twenty years.
JOHN ELLIOTT has directed and coordinated a number of nationally and internationally recognized research projects aimed at engaging teachers with and in pedagogical research. Two early trend-setting projects involving local teachers in schools in the UK were the Ford Teaching Project (Ford Foundation 1973–5) and the Teacher-Pupil Interaction and the Quality of Learning Project (funded by the Schools Council 1980–3). The former project resulted in the formation of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN), which evolved into an international professional network to support