Action Research: Improving Learning through the Environment

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Action Research: Improving Learning through the Environment


Butt, Graham, Geography


Action Research: Improving learning through the environment Edited by Adrian Clarke, Helen Parry and Clare Shorter Peterborough: NAFSO, 2005 40pp, 21 x 30cm Pb: £6.00, ISBN 1 901642 10 00

This short booklet contains a variety of brief articles on the use of action research, largely as an evaluation tool in environmental education settings. As such it is 'a compilation of ideas for carrying out action research in order to improve learning through educational work in the environment'.

The 12 contributors - who are mainly managers or tutors working in residential centres for outdoor, geographical and environmental education - offer short, discursive and practical accounts of their work with students from a variety of ages and backgrounds. The aim of the booklet is to identify how to develop small research projects to demonstrate effective teaching and learning, with the articles each coming from a conference held by the National Association of Field Studies Officers in October 2004.

In such a condensed work it is difficult to give an accurate impression of the benefits that adopting a research led approach to education can offer to both practitioners and students. The majority of writers are enthusiastic about trying out action research - but tend to give a rather superficial appreciation of how these techniques might be used in ways that are both valid and reliable. …

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