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dc.contributor.authorZuber-Skerritt, Ortrun
dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Margaret
dc.contributor.editorProfessor John F Dalrymple
dc.description.abstractPurpose- The paper seeks to identify the quality characteristics of critical action research and action research theses compared to traditional research thesis writing. Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on the literature and our experience with supervising and examining action research theses, we identify key problem areas in the literature and suggest effective strategies for meeting these challenges and avoiding pitfalls through reflective practice and questioning insight. We include sets of crucial questions for higher degree students to address. Findings- The paper presents definitions of and checklists for quality action research, a quality thesis, and a quality action research thesis. We also present two conceptual models that illustrate the differences between (1) the 'research' and thesis 'writing' activities and processes in general; and (2) the collaborative core action research in the fieldwork and the critical action research thesis that needs to be the candidate's independent contribution to knowledge in theory and practice. Practical implications and value of paper - The definitions, checklists and conceptual models will be useful to postgraduates, supervisors and examiners of action research theses, because they clarify for them the similarities and differences between a traditional thesis in the social sciences and a thesis by action research. Key words - Action research; Theses; Education, Postgraduates, Quality Type of paper - Conceptual paper
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofjournalQuality Assurance in Education
dc.titleThe quality of an action research thesis in the social sciences
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, Griffith Institute of Higher Education
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gro.griffith.authorZuber-Skerritt, Ortrun D.
gro.griffith.authorFletcher, Margaret A.

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