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Research issues, methods and methodologies

Educational gifted and talented module

Active Learning and Knowledge Creating Research Module

Writings of project members


Action Research in Education

Pete's collection of quotes is a good place to start - go to the sources to extend your thinking.

Gussin Paley,V. (2004) A child’s work: the importance of fantasy play. Chicago and London; The University of Chicago Press.

Highly recommended by TARA for all who have contact/role with young children (teacher, carer, grandparent etc…)

She makes the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young childrenand their growth when allowed the time for fantasy play. She explores the original language of children in classrooms around the world in their role playing and storytelling.

Wink, J. (2005) Critical Pedaogy: Notes from the Real World. Boston: Pearson Education.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer (2000) The Invitation. London: Thorston.

Walton, J  (2011) A collaborative inquiry: ‘how do we improve our practice with children?’  in Educational Action Research
          Vol. 19, Iss. 3, 2011

Deci, E.L. (1996) Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation. London: Penguin.

Small and easy to read book with well argued case for understanding what motivates people.

Pink, D. (2010). Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. London: Canongate.

Drawing heavily on Deci gives a clear exposition of a theory of motivation, which integrates with the development of talents for gift creation. Gives examples from many business as well as education.

Summary on RSA site

Robinson, K. (2009) The Element: How finding your passion changes everything. London: Penguin.

Clandinin, J, Huber, J. Huber, M., Murphy, M. S.,  Orr, A. M., Pearce, M. & Steeves, P. (eds.) (2006) Composing Diverse Identities:Narrative inquiries into the interwoven lives of children and teachers. New York: Routledge.

Some can be accessed from Google Scholar

Liebeck, P. (1984)  How Children Learn MathematicsLondon: Penguin. 

Katie, B. and Mitchell, S. (2002) Loving What Is: How Four Questions Can Change Your Life  London: Rider

All about giving without expecting anything in return

BERA'S one page summary of the DfE's Framework for the National Curriculum published today:

Access here

Tillich, P. (2000) The Courage to Be.  2nd Ed. Yale UP

Or 1952 version access from here

Suissa, J. (2009) Constructions of Parents and Languages of Parenting.  IoE

Access from here.

Sachs, J. (1999) Teacher Professional Identity: competing discourses, competing outcomes. Paper Presented at AARE Conference Melbourne, November 1999.

Accessed from here

Olivier, B. (2011) Education at the crossroads: looking back; looking forward A keynote at an educational research colloquium at UKZN.

Access from here.


Literature on research methods and methodologies

Conroy, H. and Harcourt, D. (2009) Informed agreement to participate: beginning the partnership with children in research. Early Child Development and Care. 179 (2) pp. 157-165.

Literature on inclusive educational gifted and talented theory, practice and provision.

Wallace, B. and Eriksson, G. (Eds) (2006) Diversity in Gifted Education: International Perspectives on Global Issues. London: Routledge.

You can find documents previously issued by the government here.

A good taste of the different approaches to the development of gifted and talented education around the world. You can get a preview on googlescholar.

Active Learning and Knowledge Creating Research Module

Lee, C.D. and Rochon, R., 2009. 2010 AERA Annual Meeting Theme: Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World.



Writings being worked on by project members

We would like to work with Claire on preparing a paper for publication in the Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS – see http://ejolts.net/ ) in responding to Branko Bognar’s reviewer’s comments on Claire’s educational enquiry writings on:

How do I sustain a loving, receptively responsive educational relationship with my pupils which will motivate them in their learning and encourage me in my teaching?

You can access Claire’s writings at:

http://www.actionresearch.net/writings/CPD/claireformbyejolts1.pdf (allow 40 seconds to download with broadband) Branko has responded to Claire’s writings as an EJOLTS reviewer:


Jack has responded to Claire’s writings with Branko’s review in mind at:


(allow 40 seconds to download with broadband)

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