Smyth, John, "Critical Engagement for Collaborative Action Research," p. 58-76 in Stephen P. Gordon, ed., Collaborative Action Research: Developing Professional Learning Communities. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008.


John Smyth


Makes the case for taking a critical perspective in doing collaborative action research; examines five propositions necessitated by this perspective; argues vigorously for freedom from governmental restraint on using research approaches such as action research and other so-called "non-scientific" approaches.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Inquiry Guidelines, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay, Action Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation, Government Role in Educational Research & Development, Teacher Research, Practical Knowledge


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