Research in Science Education

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 214–221

Action research through stimulated recall

  • John O'Brien

DOI: 10.1007/BF02357063

Cite this article as:
O'Brien, J. Research in Science Education (1993) 23: 214. doi:10.1007/BF02357063


The emphasis in classroom learning research has moved from process-product models to the mediating process paradigm. The stimulated-recall interview and thik aloud techniques are the two main processes that have been used in attempts to find out what goes on inside students' heads while they are learning. For example, this researcher has used the stimulated-recall interview technique to identify the workplace thinking of a marine science researcher, and the in-class thinking of a year eleven biology student. Such studies as these have produced findings with important implications for the classroom teacher in the role of action researcher. This paper describes how to conduct stimulated-recall interviews and discusses some classroom implications from the two studies.

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© Australasian Science Education Research Association 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • John O'Brien
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationJames Cook University of North QueenslandTownsville

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