School-Wide Collaborative Action Research for Curriculum Development

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Kazuyoshi Sato, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies; Mitsuru Hirano, Yokohama Senior High School of International Studies

Although Gordon (2008) asserted that “schoolwide collaborative action research is the most powerful type of collaborative research because of its potential for bringing about whole-school improvement” (pp. 1-2, italics in original), little is known about how teachers have actually incorporated action research into their practice and worked with other teachers for curriculum development. The aim of this 4-year study was to reveal how Japanese senior high school teachers engaged in collaborative action research organized by a university teacher and how, as a result, they developed a 3-year English curriculum at their school.