Teaching action research: The role of demographics

McMurray, A 2006, 'Teaching action research: The role of demographics', Active Learning in Higher Education, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 37-50.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Teaching action research: The role of demographics
Author(s) McMurray, A
Year 2006
Journal name Active Learning in Higher Education
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 50
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract This article summarizes a longitudinal study of employed MBA students with particular emphasis on findings involving their choice of action research model to implement personal and organizational change in their environment. A multi-method approach merging both quantitative and qualitative techniques was utilized. A questionnaire consisting of open and closed questions was administered over a three-year period to 261 respondents, of which 243 responses were usable. Comparing the demographic variables of gender, age, country of origin, English proficiency and learning experience with classifications of learning style and choice of AR model, four significant results demonstrating a relationship between the variables were uncovered. Chi-squared analysis confirmed significance for AR model and age (2 (12) = 26.223, p< .05), country of origin (2 (4) = 17.871, p< .05) and English proficiency (2 (4) = 18.335, p< .05), while only English proficiency showed any relationship to learning style (2 (1) = 6.382, 0p< .05). Implications for the teaching of action research and management education are discussed
Subject Organisation and Management Theory
Keyword(s) action research
learning style
demographics
creativity
change
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1469787406061146
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ISSN 1469-7874
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