From Classroom to Community: An Inquiry of Community-Based Action Research (Through Indigenous Storywork Principles)

Paul Kolenick

Abstract


Two action research projects of the Community-Based Master of Education program at the University of Regina are featured with particular attention given to a developmental progression that takes place through a series of action research cycles, involving a significant shift from a classroom-based to a community-based teaching practice. In taking an Indigenous perspective on community-based education, this study draws upon Jo-Ann Archibald’s (Q’um Q’um Xiiem) (2008) Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit. As an Indigenous approach to life and learning, Archibald’s work offers an insightful perspective on community-based education that is of value to educators with an interest in community development and its potential for schools. In closing, the prospect of educational action research as part of a community-based teaching practice is considered.

Keywords: community-based education program; Indigenous storywork; action research


Keywords


community-based education program; Indigenous storywork; action research

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