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Chapter 24. Action Research. What is action research?. Research conducted by one or more individuals or groups for the purpose of solving a problem or obtaining information in order to inform local practice. Basic assumptions. Researchers are informed, capable individuals.

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Chapter 24

Chapter 24

Action Research


What is action research

What is action research?

  • Research conducted by one or more individuals or groups for the purpose of solving a problem or obtaining information in order to inform local practice.


Basic assumptions

Basic assumptions

  • Researchers are informed, capable individuals.

  • Researchers are seriously committed to continuously improving their performance.

  • Researchers “want” to engage in research.

  • Researchers have authority to undertake research and implement findings.


Types of action research

Types of action research

  • Practical

    • addresses problems within a small group—classroom, school, community

    • improves practice in short term

  • Participatory

    • empowers individuals and groups to improve their lives and bring about change—school, community, etc.

    • involves a sizable group of people (stakeholders)

    • collaborative in nature


Steps in action research

Steps in action research

  • Identify the research question

  • Gather necessary information

  • Analyze and interpret information

  • Develop an action plan


Action research vs formal research

Action research vs. formal research

  • Sampling?

    • Purposive

    • Convenience

  • Internal validity?

    • Biases of researcher

    • Unintentional distortion of results

  • External validity?

    • Generalizable


Advantages of action research

Advantages of action research

  • Can be done by almost any professional in any setting

  • Can improve educational practice

  • Helps teachers/professionals develop more effective ways to practice their craft

  • Helps teachers identify problems and issues systematically

  • Permits individuals to work together within the school


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