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Supporting educational management through action research

Maggie McPherson (Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
José Miguel Baptista Nunes (Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 November 2002



This paper presents an educational management model to support action research into issues relating to the management of distance learning programmes. The educational management action research (EMAR) model proposed, is grounded on a practitioner action research approach as the guide for everyday work and professional life. EMAR is based on four basic building blocks: the organisational context, the pedagogic model, the educational setting and the evaluation process. The model presented in this paper enabled the maintenance, improvement and update of a CPDE course in IT, a fast moving and highly competitive field. The model emerged as an invaluable tool to implement and understand management issues and research in CPDE. It enabled both tutors and students to be actively involved in course development and delivery, and resulted in a highly motivated staff and satisfied cohort of students.



McPherson, M. and Miguel Baptista Nunes, J. (2002), "Supporting educational management through action research", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 300-308.




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