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Positionality in Action Research
An underlying and influencing factor on action research is the issue of positionality, i.e., the position a researcher takes to the setting under study. Positionality is a continuum, ranging from being an insider to being an outsider and deserves special attention in action research because the degree to which the researcher position herself as an insider or outsider, to the setting under study will determine how she frames the epistemological, methodological, and ethical issues in the study (Herr & Anderson, 2005). This workshop will further enhance participants’ understanding on where they are in their action research and how their position(s) affect their study. It is hope that the understanding will justify the decision made by the action research throughout their study besides ensuring the validity and reliability of the action research.
Dr Satirah Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer at the Institut Pendidikan Guru, Kampus Sultan Abdul Halim, Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. She holds a PhD in Education (TESL) from UUM, a Master’s of Arts degree (Linguistics & English Language Studies) from USM, and a Bachelor’s of Education (TESL) degree from UKM. Her current research interests include ESL reading instruction, reflective practice, researcher-teacher collaboration, and teachers’ professional development. She has vast experience training teachers to conduct action research for professional change. She is currently completing her post-doctoral research in IIUM under a RIGS post-doctoral grant.
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Annual Report 2021
How To Cite
Mat Noor, M. S. A. (Ed.) (2021). Annual Report 2021. Malaysian Action Research Network. https://www.marnet.my/annual-report-2021
Call for Papers
Evidence-based pedagogical practice: A compilation of action research studies
Evidence-based pedagogical practice offers a way to conceptualise the decision-making processes involved in improving learning and teaching, based on concrete evidence from either scientific literature, or data collected through various methods, notably action research (Elliott, 2004).
This book foregrounds action research, as it is an emerging method that seeks to involve communities and to enable educators to reflect on and adapt their own practice (McNiff, 2017).
The key features of action research are the use of theory to stimulate inquiry and the assimilation of research findings into pedagogical practice (Colucci‐Gray et al., 2013). Thus, it is an important example of evidence-based pedagogical practice.
The Malaysia Action Research Network (MARNet) and Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE), University of Malaya invites teachers, educators, lecturers and practitioners who are MARNet members to contribute to this book proposal.
We at CARNival [organised by the Collaborative Action Research Network, United Kingdom] are really proud to be associated with MARNet. It’s been just such an exciting and well-managed conference and has had such respected speakers. I think it’s been really terrific, and I’ve managed to make lots of international contacts, which is great.
There are lots and lots of action research publications out there that would really be interested in learning about your individual projects or possibly if you wanted to come together and talk about them from sort of a MARNet perspective… what is the nature of action research currently in Malaysia? Part of our job as researchers is to share our knowledge with others, and I would really welcome hearing from you and encourage you to consider publishing your work.
Thanks to the organisers of MARNet for this opportunity because it’s so impressive to see what is actually being done. People from MARNet can help grow this movement [educational living theory] by sharing the knowledge you are creating and generating as you work to improve your practice. Many thanks for the opportunity to participate; it’s been a pleasure. Thank you.
I really love the idea of being invited, being here getting to know more about Malaysia. The discussion was really thought-provoking; the presentations highlighted very interestingly critical points that we commented and reflected on critically. I think there are still things to talk about, but as always, we never have enough time to discuss everything, and we can meet at other events and discuss further
The conferences [CARNival Conference 2021 and MARNet Conference 2021] have really been fulfilling, as our two networks have synchronised so immensely, very well, so we must thank you. The work you are doing is an inspiration to us, so thank you for that. Thank you for taking part, and we look forward to meeting everybody at future conferences. Hopefully, we all can meet up virtually or face to face sometime in the future.
What They Says
Feedback from International Action Research Scholars about our MARNet Conference 2021
MARNet Conference 2021 was held from 5 – 9 October, in conjunction with the CARNival 2021 and collaboration with the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN), United Kingdom.