Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1964

Full Length Research Paper

Using action research to develop deep learning outcomes within a preservice teacher education context

Christopher Gordon, Ray Debus, Jane Dillon, xMichael Arthur-Kelly
Charles Sturt University, University of Sydney, NSW Department of Education and TrainingxUniversity of Newcastle
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 December 2006
  •  Published: 31 December 2006



This paper describe one aspect of a recent study that investigated the impact and dimensions of several teaching and learning approaches utilised in tertiary institutions. The study aimed to reduce reliance on surface learning techniques and improve deep learning processes amongst a cohort of undergraduate students studying in a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at a regional university in NSW, Australia. The quantitative results of the study have been reported elsewhere and this paper details the whole of course interventions and results of the action research component.


Keywords: Action research, deep learning, preservice teacher education