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ERIC Number: ED414255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 17
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What Action Research Is: A Review of the Literature.
Womack, Sid T.
Review of recent literature on action research finds that action research has certain overall characteristics. It is a scaled down version of quasi-experimental studies, and it is highly quantitative in its nature of inquiry. Of nine recognized research designs (Isaac and Michael), action research is frequently the most statistically demanding form. This paper examines the views of researchers found in 13 texts on research, 10 recent action studies, 37 ERIC-listed documents from 1996, and 67 ERIC-listed documents from 1997 (as well as another 3,314 works indexed in ERIC from 1996). The first section of the paper examines textbook definitions of what ought to exist in action studies, summarizing the theoretical basis for action studies according to the textbooks. The second section discusses techniques that are currently used in action research. The third section describes the ERIC database search. The fourth section discusses the validity of the literature review. The fifth section contrasts action research with other types of basic research. The paper concludes that qualitative research and action research are two separate entities with separate goals and methodologies and that both have their place in research. (Contains 24 references). (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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