Integrating action research (integrating many
theories and many methods)
Integrating action research is presented in the new research methods textbook:
Wheeldon, J. & Ahlberg, M. 2011 Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods, & Meaning. London: SAGE. (ISBN: 9781412991049).
My approach to action research is based on my theories
for Sustainable Development, Integrating
Quality Improvement and High
Quality Learning (Åhlberg 1997, 1998a - 1998c, Åhlberg
& Ahoranta 2002, Äänismaa 2002 . The basic idea is
to integrate relevant parts of the best theories and best practices,
which form a coherent whole. Then plan, implement and evaluate series
of design experiments to test both our theories and practices both
theoretically and empirically, and by that way continually both
monitor and improve teaching-studying-learning processes. What is
new that we prefer to collect both qualitative and quantitative
data as integrated parts of the teaching-studying-learning processes.
We prefer those kinds of data collection methods which at the same
time promote student learning and thinking, e.g improved
concept maps and improved
Vee heuristics (Åhlberg 1997, 1998a - 1998c, Åhlberg
& Ahoranta 2002, Äänismaa 2002).
I have developed three new quality tools (Improved
Concept Mapping, Improved
Vee Heuristics and ARRA or Analysis of Reasoning,
Rhetorics and Argumentation ) to promote integrating action
Äänismaa, P. 2002. Ympäristökasvatusta
kehittämässä kotitalousopettajien koulutuksessa.
PhD Dissertation. University of Joensuu. Publications in Education
Åhlberg, M. 1997. Jatkuva laadunparantaminen
korkealaatuisena oppimisena. (Continual Quality Improvement as High
Quality Learning) University of Joensuu. Research Reports of the
Faculty of Education N:o 68.
Åhlberg, M. 1998a. Kestävän kehityksen
pedagogiikka ja yleisdidaktiikka. University of Joensuu. Bulletins
of the Faculty of Education. N:o 71.
Åhlberg, M. 1998b. Ecopedagogy and ecodidactics:
Education for Sustainable Development, Good Environment and Good
Life. University of Joensuu. Bulletins of the Faculty of Education.
Åhlberg, M. 1998c. Education for sustainability,
good environment and good life. In Åhlberg, M. & Leal
Filho, W. (Eds.) 1998. Environmental education for sustainability:
good environment, good life. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 25 -
Åhlberg, M. & Ahoranta, V. 2002.
Two improved educational theory based tools to monitor and promote
quality of geographical education and learning. International Research
in Geographical and Environmental Education 11(2), 119 - 137.
Wheeldon, J. & Ahlberg, M. 2011 Visualizing Social Science Research: Maps, Methods, & Meaning. London: SAGE. (ISBN: 9781412991049)