Jean has authored or co-authored a range of action research texts, including Action Research for Professional Development, Action Research: Living Theory, Action Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide, All You Need To Know About Action Research, You and Your Action Research Project, and Action Research: Principles and Practice. 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 personal, social, organizational, and environmental orders.
At York St John, Jean also serves as convener of the annual International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research. She explains, “Virtue is not only a word we say but also a practice we do. We believe that, by sharing our practices through the stories we tell, we can contribute to making the world a more peaceful and productive place.” Jean was a schoolteacher and deputy head teacher before taking early retirement from schools. She makes her home in Dorset and travels extensively in order to work with practitioner-researchers in a range of workplaces.
Jean's web address is http://www.jeanmcniff.com/index.html, and more information about York St John’s 2013 Conference is available at http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/education--theology/faculty-of-education-theo/faculty-events/value-and-virtue.aspx. For more on Jean as Routledge Education Author of the Month, visit http://www.routledge.com/education/articles/routledge_education_author_of_the_month_february_2013_jean_mcniff/.