Action Research In Education


Today’s public schools are open systems in which many variables impact the change process.  Accordingly, action research is one approach to change that lends itself to the educational environment.  Action research is either research conducted to resolve an immediate problem or a responsive process guided by individuals within the learning community focused on improving the organization.  Action research represents a practitioners approach to changing or improving the educational organization.  In order to effect positive change, the process can be broken into a series of steps.  ASCD provides these seven steps of approach for action research:

  1. Selecting a focus
  2. Clarifying theories
  3. Identifying research questions
  4. Collecting data
  5. Analyzing data
  6. Reporting results
  7. Taking informed action

Once action research has defined the approach to take, the true challenge lies in effective implementation.

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