Our way(s) to action research: Doctoral students' international and interdisciplinary collective memory work
Journal article, 2014

This study involved six Swedish and Canadian doctoral students who shared interests in using action research in professional education in different disciplines. We employed Noffke's three dimensions of action research as a theoretical framework (i.e., the Professional, the Personal, and the Political). Using collective biography as a methodology, we cooperatively examined how our personal and professional agendas and macro-level structures have been shaping our intentions to conduct action research projects in our respective disciplines. The key findings of this international and interdisciplinary collective biography relate our growing awareness of the intimacy between research and life in various professional and geographic contexts. Collectively addressing our shared frustrations, we celebrated action research as a methodology that attends to the dynamic and concrete lived experiences of our participants in various spatio-temporalities. Reflecting upon the hybridity of our own researcher identities, we were also able to see the intimate relation between ourselves as active citizens and critical action researchers who are determined to take up the challenges and engage in critically oriented action research that could nurture more "caring,'' "empowering,'' and "transforming'' public spheres.

collective biography



Action research

Political dimensions


Z. Zhang

Chinese University of Hong Kong

D. Fyn

Western University

Lill Langelotz

University of Borås

Johanna Lönngren

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Engineering Education Research - EER (Chalmers)

L. McCorquodale

Western University

Jaana Nehez

University of Gothenburg

Action Research

1476-7503 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 3 293-314

Subject Categories

Educational Sciences

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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