Professor Jean McNiff

Jean came to York St John in November 2008 as Professor of Educational Research in the Faculty of Education and Theology, on a part-time basis. Of Scottish/Irish heritage, she 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 personal theories of practice. She took (very) early retirement from her position as Deputy Head Teacher 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.

Profile

Teaching

Jean came to York St John in November 2008 as Professor of Educational Research in the Faculty of Education and Theology, on a part-time basis. Of Scottish/Irish heritage, she 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 personal theories of practice. She took (very) early retirement from her position as Deputy Head Teacher 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.

Her publishing firm is http://www.september-books.com/

Research

Jean’s abiding research commitments are about how she can contribute to fields of enquiry into generative transformational processes across the disciplines, with a special focus on transformational forms of epistemology as the basis for inter-relational forms of educational enquiry.  She co-convenes the international Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research project and is actively involved with the Researching Chaplaincy in Action Project, both hosted by York St John University.

Publications

Recent books

Action Research: Principles and Practice (third edition 2013), Abingdon, Routledge.

Action Research for Professional Development: Concise advice for new (and experienced) action researchers (2010), Poole, September Books – see http://www.september-books.com/actionresearchforprofessionaldevelopment.asp

Action Research in Organisations (2000), Abingdon, Routledge – see http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415220132/

All You Need to Know about Action Research (second edition 2011) (with Jack Whitehead), London, Sage – see http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book235686

You and Your Action Research Project (third edition 2010) (with Jack Whitehead), London, Routledge – see http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415487092/

Doing and Writing Action Research (2009) (with Jack Whitehead), London, Sage – see http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book232370

Action Research: Living Theory (2006), with Jack Whitehead, London, Sage – see http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book227549

Action Research for Teachers (2005), with Jack Whitehead, London, Routledge – see http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781843123217/

Recent book chapters

McNiff, J. (2013) Working with HIV and AIDS through action research: I know how to set the caged bird free. Chapter in L. Wood (ed.) Dealing with HIV and AIDS in the classroom (second edition). Cape Town, Juta Academic.

McNiff, J. (2007) My story is my living educational theory. Chapter in D. J. Clandinin (ed.) Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology. Thousand Oaks, Sage. Pp 308–329.

McNiff, J. and Whitehead, J. (2008) Demonstrating Quality in Action Research for Social Accountability. Chapter in S. Noffke and B. Somekh (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research. London, Sage, pages 313–323.

Recent articles

McNiff, J. (2013) Becoming cosmopolitan and other dilemmas of internationalisation: reflections from the Gulf States. Cambridge Journal of Education. Online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0305764X.2013.831033%23.Uk0xRBbvz-Y

McNiff, J. (2012) Travels around identity: transforming cultures of learned colonization. Educational Action Research, Volume 20, No. 1: 129–146. Available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NaxxjJ4NKw5BDHRsgvuw/full

McNiff, J. 'It takes a township' South African Journal of Higher Education, 25 (7): 1253-1273. Published as an 'initiating debate' article.

McNiff, J. (2011) New cultures of critical reflection in Qatar, Educational Action Research, Volume 19, No.3: 279–296. Online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09650792.2011.600548#.Uk0xtBbvz-Y

McNiff, J. (2010) Supporting Teachers Personally and Professionally in Challenging Environments. Invitational lead article for Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 1 No. 1 Retrieved 6 March 2011 from http://www.tojqi.net/articles/TOJQI_1_1/TOJQI_1_1_Article_1.pdf

McNiff, J. (2008) ‘The significance of ‘I’ in educational research and the responsibility of intellectuals.’ Invited paper for the South African Journal of Education.

McNiff, J. (2008) ‘Accounting to myself: How do I speak for myself, to myself, as I encourage others to do the same?’ Invited article for South African Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 22, No. 6: 1131–1153.

McNiff, J. and Naidoo, A. (2007) How do we develop inclusional epistemologies for a new scholarship of democratic educational enquiry? South African Journal of Education, 41: 42–59.

Professional Activity

Conference papers

McNiff, J. (2010) Pedagogical action research in Higher Education: How do we improve our practices? Paper presented at the Collaborative Action Research Association, Annual Conference, Cambridge, November.

McNiff, J. (2010) Pedagogical research, living theory, and the virtuous university. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual conference, University of Warwick, September.

McNiff, J. (2010) How do I do and support pedagogical action research in higher education? Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, as part of the York St John symposium ‘Pedagogical Research for Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’. University of Warwick, September.

McNiff, J. (2009) What kind of epistemologies can help us to live together successfully? How do we develop them? Paper presented at the International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, UCLA, July.

McNiff, J. (2009) How do I justify my contributions to new institutional epistemologies for a new scholarship of educational knowledge? Paper presented at the symposium ‘Institutional research: How do we influence processes of epistemological transformation through the creation of academic practitioners’ living educational theories of practice?’ British Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, University of Manchester, September.

McNiff, J. (2009) How do I contribute to a reconceptualisation of educational theory for moral accountability in the creation of sustainable social orders? Paper Presented at the Practitioner Research Special Interest Group Symposium ‘Academic practitioner-researchers: shifting the epistemological centre in higher education’. University of Manchester, September.

McNiff, J. (2009) Learning for action in action. Paper presented at the Keynote Symposium of the British Educational Research Association ‘Explicating a New Epistemology for Educational Knowledge with Educational Responsibility.’ Manchester, University of Manchester, September.

McNiff, J. (2009) How do I contribute to a reconceptualisation of educational theory for moral accountability in the creation of sustainable social orders? Paper presented at the Practitioner Research Special Interest Group Symposium,' Academic practitioner-researchers: shifting the epistemological centre in higher education'. University of Manchester, September. Retrieved 6 March 2011 from http://www.jeanmcniff.com/userfiles/file/Publications/Bera09/JMBERA09PracResfinal.pdf

McNiff, J. (2009) How do I~we contribute to the development of new institutional epistemologies of Educational knowledge? Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association annual conference, University of Manchester, September. Retrieved 6 March 2011 from http://www.jeanmcniff.com/userfiles/file/Publications/Bera09/JMBERA09individualopt.pdf

Plenary and keynote lectures

McNiff, J. (2013): ‘The Invention and ReInvention of Knowledge.’ Keynote presentation at inaugural meeting of the Action Research Network of the Americas: San Francisco, May.

McNiff, J. (2012): ’Judging professionalism in professional education: what do we need to know and why do we need to know it?’ First English Language Teacher Education Summit, Beijing Normal University, October.

McNiff, J. (2012): ‘Demonstrating quality in action research’, at the first Leadership Research Conference, at the Institute for Educational Leadership, University of Malaya. June.

McNiff, J. (2012): ‘Celebrating the diversity of practitioner voices around the world’. 9th Annual Action Research Conference: Emergent Models in Action Research, University of San Diego. April.

McNiff, J. (2012): ‘Action Research for Teacher Education. End-of-pilot Zambia-Ireland Teacher Education Partnership (ZITEP) conference, University of Lusaka, April.

McNiff, J. (2012): ‘The basics of action research’. Open seminar for university faculty, University of Tromsø, February.

McNiff, J. (2011) Exploring Practice Based Research. Keynote paper presented at the British Early Childhood Education Research Association conference ‘The Art of Practice Based Inquiry: Early Childhood Professionals & Research’. Birmingham, February.

McNiff, J. (2011) The transformative potentials of action research: How do I understand ‘I’ in relation to ‘You’ so that we can work as a ‘We’? Keynote presentation at the Workshop on Alternative Research Paradigms and Indigenous Knowledge Production. Covenant University, Nigeria. February.

McNiff, J. (2010) Using our educational responsibilities to transform our violent histories into life-affirming futures. Keynote address to the University of the Free State staff colloquium, February.

McNiff, J. (2010) A Most Beautiful Game: Football and the spirit of action research. Keynote presentation at the conference ‘Action Research: Exploring its Transformative Potential.’ Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, August.

McNiff, J. (2009) The Power of One to the Power of a Million. Keynote presentation to the University of Qatar Action Research Conference. Doha, Qatar, June.

McNiff, J. (2009) The ABC of action research: supporting teachers personally and professionally. Keynote paper presented at the conference Supporting Teachers in a Challenging Environment, Kilkenny Education Centre, October

McNiff, J. (2008) Action Research, Transformational Influences: Past, present and future. Keynote address to the Staff Colloquium ‘PE Pays’, University of Limerick. February.

McNiff, J. (2008) Living Portfolios: Offering explanatory accounts for the lives we live. Keynote presentation at the Conference ‘Portfolios of and for Professional Development.’ International Association of Teachers as a Foreign Language, Exeter, April. Retrieved 6 March 2011 from http://www.jeanmcniff.com/items.asp?id=12.

Membership of editorial boards

Educational Action Research

Educational Research for Social Change

Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry

Action Researcher in Education