Jack the lion – the making of a film about action research as action research


  • Franz Rauch University of Klagenfurt
  • Amir Har-Gil Netanya Academic College & Haifa University


documentary film, teacher professional development


In the pages that follow, it will be argued that the process of action research and the production of a documentary film are structurally comparable. Based on this assumption, this text tells the story of the making of a film on action research. It describes the process starting with the decision about who will be the protagonists, followed by script writing, filming and editing. The core issue is the film director’s strong intervention during the filming phase which is reflected in the light of his different roles and with respect to ethical considerations. The paper closes with reflections on what a documentary film can convey about action research.

Author Biography

Franz Rauch, University of Klagenfurt

Professor at Institute of Instructional and School Development