The main features of Action Research • Being a ‘reflective practitioner’ • Informed action • Intentional intervention in order to learn as a practitioners or to improve learning • Putting the ‘I’ at the centre of the research • Systematic monitoring to generate valid data • Authentic descriptions of the action • Explaining / interpreting the action • Validating your research • Making your research public (presenting/writing up)
Issues to consider: • Which participants? • Which data? (triangulation) • When and how will data be collected? • Having a ‘critical friend’ • Criteria for success?
Possible data to collect • Focus group findings • Questionnaires • Observations • Written work from students • Diary • Course reviews • Video diaries? (for webpage) • Digital photos
Tangible outcomes from Action Research at Farnborough • Final written report (3000-4000 words) for in–house journal and website • Ability to achieve credits on MA Education through Roehampton University link • Presenting to colleagues • Presenting to delegates from other colleges or agencies
Timeline for projects • Ongoing literature search (see links and LRC resources) • May half-term data collection to be completed • Friday 6th June First draft to be completed (hardcopy) • Weds 18th June final draft to be completed (e-mail plus hardcopy) • Weds 25th June Action Research workshops