Professor Jean McNiff
to York St John in November 2008 as Professor of Educational
Research in the Faculty of Education and Theology, on a part-time
basis. Brought up in England, of Scottish/Irish heritage, she now
lives in Dorset as her base for travel to different countries. She
works with practitioners internationally in a range of educational
settings, including higher education, supporting their workplace
and higher degree programmes that are grounded in the descriptions
and explanations they offer for their practices in the form of
their living educational theories. She took (very) early retirement
from her position as Deputy Headteacher in a large secondary
school, and began to develop her independent consultancy business
and her writing. She has written a range of articles and textbooks
on different aspects of practice-based action research,
independently and collaboratively, especially with Jack Whitehead
of the University of Bath. Their recent books include:
All You Need to Know about Action
Research (second edition 2011), London, Sage.
You and Your Action Research Project
(third edition 2010), London, Routledge.
Action Research for Professional Development:
Concise advice for new (and experienced) action researchers (2010),
Dorset, September Books.
Doing and Writing Action Research
(2009), London, Sage.
Action Research: Living Theory
(2006), London, Sage.
Action Research: Principles and Practice (second
edition) (2002), London, Routledge.
Recent published articles
McNiff (2011) It takes a township’ in the
South African Journal of Higher Education, 25 (7): 1253–1273.
McNiff (2011) ‘New cultures of critical
reflection in Qatar’, in Educational Action Research, 19 (3):
279–296: Special edition on reflective practice.
McNiff (Forthcoming March 2012) ‘Travels
around identity’, in Educational Action Research, 20 (1): 129–146”
Special issue on narrative inquiry.
Her abiding research commitments are about how she can
contribute to transformational forms of epistemology for a new
scholarship of educational knowledge for the development of
sustainable social orders.
Jean's web address is http://www.jeanmcniff.com/index.html
T: 01904 876526
Office Location: McGregor