Leading and managing action research for school improvement: The case of Bahraini schools
Razzak N.A., Albaker K.
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
SourcetitlePrivate and Public Schools: International Perspectives, Management and Educational Efficiency
As a part of realizing its Economic Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Bahrain is currently undergoing a number of large scale educational reforms. These reforms focus, among other things, on the development of schools and their operations, in order for them to measure up to what are considered as international best practices. In the process, schools are being expected to function in accordance with specific quality assurance requirements and teachers and school leaders are being trained in ways that help guarantee them greater empowerment. One significant type of training underway pertains to conducting action research that leads to improved teaching and learning and helps in the establishment of powerful professional learning communities within and between different schools. Despite multiple efforts to ensure the effectiveness of action research training and implementation, however, there continue to be several challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome. This chapter, as a result, attempts to not only contextualize action research in the Kingdom of Bahrain by providing a historical account and background information of it, but also to present the main misconceptions and challenges in its way, in addition to proposing the necessary system reforms needed- and the way forward- for ensuring its success. � 2015 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.