Teacher training through research circles

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The paper addresses training and competence development based on participation in action research in a current project about dropout among young adults in VET. The paper deals with a particular kind of action research, called ‘research circle’. The paper concerns the way the method of research circles has been used in the project in which researchers and practitioners in VET cooperate, the advantages of employing research circles, and the interrelation of practice-based knowledge and research based knowledge. The results show that the practitioners’ outcome of participating in the research circles is mainly experienced-based. They learn from reflecting on their activities in practice and from exchanging experiences with practitioners from other schools. The practitioners mostly use the research-based knowledge for conceptualizing or reflecting on their practice, however also to some extent to change their actions in practice. The study points to a need for further developing practice in research circles and more generally in action research focusing on not only transmitting research-based knowledge, but also transforming the knowledge into directions for action.

Keywords: Research circle, practice-based knowledge; research-based knowledge, transfer of knowledge.
TitelTrends in vocational education and training research : Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET)
Antal sider7
Vol/bindVol. II
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedEuropean Conference on Educational Research: Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future - Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Tyskland
Varighed: 3 sep. 20196 sep. 2019


KonferenceEuropean Conference on Educational Research
LokationUniversität Hamburg
SerietitelVETNET Proceedings


  • forskningscikel, action research, teacher training

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