Source (print): What is Action Research?Article shared in print with me. Here are my take-aways from the article.
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- Action research describes the integration of action (implementing a plan) with research (developing an understanding of the effectiveness of this implementation).
- The central goal of action research is positive educational change.
- Teachers use action research because it can provide immediate results, fosters stronger relationships among staff, and a fresh approach to examining one’s practice.
- Action research cycle includes asking what if, trying that out in your classroom, observing what hapens, reflecting and then planning to re-use the strategy.
- The four stages of action research include:
- Identifying the issue to be changed.
- Looking elsewhere for information.
- Developing questions and research methods to be used
- Developing a plan related to the specific environment (e.g. personnel, budgets, use of outside agencies).
- Trial the change following your plan
- Collecting and compiling evidence
- Questioning the process and making changes as required
- Analyzing the evidence, collating the findings
- Discussing the findings with co-researchers and/or colleagues for the interpretation
- Writing the report
- Sharing your findings with stakeholders and peers
- Evaluating the first cycle of the process
- Implementing the findings or new strategy
- Revisiting the process
One Sentence Summary:
Teachers use 4-stage action research process because it can provide immediate results in response to “What If?” question that innovate on practice, foster stronger relationships among staff, and enable a fresh approach to examining one’s practice.
- Action research is flexible, quick time frame, controls through triangulation
- Action research’s application of results has practical significance.
- Action research provides educators with alternative ways of viewing and approaching educational questions providing a new way of examining their own practices.
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