The Purpose of Action Research. Contributes to the theory & knowledge base to enhance practice Supports the professional development of practitioners Builds a collegial networking system Helps practitioners identify problems & seek solutions systematically
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General research skills:
First, select a general idea or area of focus:
Second, do Reconnaissance:
Hopes & concerns are incorporated
Data are collected regularly to track changes
Reflection on alternatives takes place
Another practice is tried
Process begins againProactive Action Research
problem or area
Define the variables.
Develop research questions.
Describe the intervention or innovation.
Describe the action research group.
Describe the negotiations that need to happen.
Develop a timeline.
Develop a statement of resources.
Develop data collection ideas.
Put action plan into action.Planning Action Research
Anderson, Herr & Nihlen:
Have the perspectives of all of the individuals in the study been accurately represented?
Did the action emerging from the study lead to the successful resolution of the problem?
Was the study conducted in a dependable & competent manner?
Were the results of the study a catalyst for action?
Was the study reviewed by peers?