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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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