Critical Praxis Research

Breathing New Life into Research Methods for Teachers

  • Tricia M. Kress

Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Breathing Life into Research Methods for Teachers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tricia M. Kress
      Pages 3-15
    3. Tricia M. Kress
      Pages 35-49
  3. Practicing Critical Praxis Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Tricia M. Kress
      Pages 93-109
    3. Tricia M. Kress
      Pages 111-126
    4. Tricia M. Kress
      Pages 127-143
  4. CPR in Action

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-256

About this book


Critical Praxis Research (CPR) is a teacher research methodology designed to bridge the divide between practitioner and scholar, drawing together many strands to explain the research process not just as something teacher researchers do, but as a fundamental part of who teacher researchers are. Emphasizing the researcher over the method, CPR embraces and amplifies the skills and passions teachers naturally bring to their research endeavours.

Emerging from the tradition of critical pedagogy, Critical Praxis Research: Breathing New Life into Research Methods for Teachers transcends longstanding debates over quantitative vs. qualitative and scholar vs. practitioner research. The text examines the histories and current applications of common methodologies and re-conceptualizes the ways that these methodologies can be used to enhance teachers’ identities as practitioners and researchers. It also provides a critical examination of the role of Institutional Review Boards, and explores the complexity and ethics of data collection, data analysis, and writing.

Through guiding questions and writing prompts, the author encourages readers to think through the process of design and conducting CPR. The text is theoretically rich, but written in an accessible style infused with metaphor, irony, and humour. Critical Praxis Research: Breathing New Life into Research Methods for Teachers is both instructive and uplifting, sending the message that research is difficult but also joyful, like life itself.


CPR critical pedagogy critical praxis research critical research educational research praxis research research methodology social science research teacher research

Authors and affiliations

  • Tricia M. Kress
    • 1
  1. 1.DorchesterUSA

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