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Transforming a practice-based problem into research questions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, ISSN 2046-8253, E-ISSN 2046-8261, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 244-255Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This paper describes and discusses aspects that affect research questions in a practice-based research study, where learning study is used as a framework. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to understanding of the process where teachers and a researcher collaborate in transforming practical teaching problems into research questions.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study is conducted. Data consist of field notes, logbooks, manuscripts and conference papers from two learning studies conducted in grade 4 by three teachers and one researcher, and notes from meetings in a subject-teacher group at the school. The analysis focuses on how the research questions emerge and change in relation to discussions among teachers and in the research group of teaching, previous research and learning theory.

Findings

Questions about students’ discernment of the structure in the base-ten system emerged in learning study 1 and in the subject-teacher group. Discussions of previous research and the didactical theory learning activity transformed the research questions in learning study 2, into focusing students’ theoretical knowledge, examining general structures in the base system, using learning models as tools. Conditions for identification of specific teaching problems and alternative theory in a learning study are discussed.

Originality/value

The explicit example where research questions are transformed can be used in further discussions and methodological questions regarding formulation of research questions in educational research. Discussions, specifically of transforming research questions, when learning study is used may be promoted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 244-255
Keywords [en]
Mathematics, Learning study, Teacher research, Learning activity, Research questions
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173032DOI: 10.1108/IJLLS-08-2018-0059ISI: 000479250300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173032DiVA, id: diva2:1356840
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-02Bibliographically approved

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