My action : convening the Action Research Consortium (ARC) as a peer-supported community of practitioner-researchers. Convened by open invitation to academic and professional support staff across the University of Bedfordshire. Building capacity and capability in undertaking action research
Convened by open
invitation to academic and
professional support staff
across the University of
disseminate and publish
Respect and equity…
Title: Applying PDP
features to CPD /
Question: To what
extent might a
act as an agent of
My intention: Replicating an (e)-PDP /
CPD process within the ARC through
personalised development plans.
“Structured and supported
process” – through series of regular
meetings, dedicated VLE
space, assistance on demand…
Methods: content analysis of written
material, focus groups, self-assessment
tool doubling up as research tool
Support offered – not fully utilised: ‘opportunity’ is differentially available to individuals
Problems/time delays due to ethics approval process
Managing workload within timeframe
Need culture of peer support
Need firm CPD requirements for evidence-based practice as mainstream activity
Lessons learned regarding the process and challenges of developing action research skills within a new learning community:
The “structured and supported process” provided through the ARC has engaged a core of 12 staff who have persevered with their own projects;
Some have disseminated – at conferences in the UK and abroad – and some have published papers
Personal and professional development
Output: a possible new research method/tool
- Insights gained around self-evaluation
- Action research projects built into PG-CAP assessment
This SAQ is expressed in terms of an ideal world where perfect action research could be conducted perfectly by perfect people! Arguably there is no such thing.
Your ratings are therefore expected to be low – especially if you are new to action research. Please consider each statement as potential for a learning process and not in terms of expecting perfection. Low ratings are not to be viewed as failure but as raw material for development and success.
It can seriously damage your sense of well-being as a practitioner-researcher if you evaluate your abilities harshly and use any SAQ as a stick to beat yourself up with!
Realising the potential of this SAQ:
It alerts you to actions you may need to take in order to be(come) more effective in action research (similar to marking criteria and assessment rubrics that show what it takes to achieve a top A+ grade).
Use it as a self-diagnostic tool at the start (Time 1) and then return to it at a later stage (Time 2) to evaluate how your research behaviours may have changed.
At any stage of the action research process it serves as a frame of reference.
You can identify those behaviours that are important for you to develop, and seek opportunities and resources to develop them – and ARC can provide those opportunities and resources.
… What is ARC? See good news at the end, when you have completed this SAQ!