Perspectives on the ‘Family’ of Practitioner Research

  • Judith Hanks
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


This book focuses on Exploratory Practice (EP), but in order to understand EP, we need to consider earlier influential movements in educational research. What are the questions, answered, unanswered, and unanswerable, that are raised here? To begin with, I consider a range of approaches to practitioner research, focusing particularly on two closely related movements: Action Research (AR) and Reflective Practice (RP). Each of these is clearly differentiated, while also acknowledging the family relationships, and shared values, that tie these various family members together. In doing so, I critically consider the challenges that practitioner-researchers face, and raise further questions about practitioner research.


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  • Judith Hanks
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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