Prospecting for Leaders in Education Research by Forming a Community of Scholars Action Research Project

This project was designed to last a year. 

The Qualitative Report
Janice Cardwell, Phd, Bonnie Ellis, Phd
Presentation Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Event or Conference: 
TQR 8th Annual Conference
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Attachment(s): 
Presentation Location: 
NOVA Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States
Associated Awards: 
Research Fellowship - Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research
The purpose of this participatory action research study, using an explanatory case study design, was to conduct an intrinsic examination of the factors that contribute to the formulation of a community of scholars among “practitioner” faculty at a local satellite campus of a large University. Elliot (2009) supported that action research provides opportunities to build on social capital in education environments. As explained by Creswell (2008), participatory action research has the potential to “empower, transform, and emancipate individuals in educational settings” (p. 605). The researcher’s participation in the study makes the study social, practical, collaborative, and with intentionality to offer ideas for changes or improvements in practices (Creswell, 2008). In this presentation, we will discuss both the process and the outcomes of this study. Yin (1994) documents the use of explanatory case study approach for theory building. When coupled with Elliot’s (1991) action research model, it allows the researcher to begin with active reconnaissance of the rich archived records concerning the development of this community of scholarship. Explanatory case study designs are particularly useful when the researcher seeks to focus on a contemporary phenomenon like building a community of scholarship. This approach complements the action research focus and provides the framework for data collection and analysis. The theory generating capacity of explanatory case study designs coupled with the generation and flow of data stemming from Elliott’s action research model yielded a theoretical position concerning the building and sustaining a vibrant community of scholarship.