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In my current professional role as an academic in a higher education institution in Ireland, I have only recently asked myself if I have been living in the direction of my educational values (Whitehead, 1989a). Educational values are ideas about what constitutes an educationally worthwhile process of teaching and learning: they define the relationship between knowledge, teachers and learners (Elliott, 1995). Action research begins with values (McNiff, 1995). In my attempts to become a more developed self-reflective practitioner, there are times when it helps me to take a time-out from my daily practice in work and instead put some time and energy into clarifying for myself the kinds of values and commitments I hold as a professional in my practice. This action research project is one such time-out.
Donnelly, R. (2002). An Action Research Project to Explore Providing Improved Academic Support for Newly Appointed Staff in a Higher Education Institution in Ireland. Joint CAIRN/ERNNI Annual Conference Derry, Ireland, November 8-10.