ERIC Number: ED486639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Action Research for Improving Practice: A Practical Guide
Paul Chapman Publishing
Action research is, quite often, the method of enquiry employed by undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education who are studying for accredited courses. In recent years, students studying for taught doctorate (EdD) degrees with their focus on practical aspects of education are also adopting action research as a method of study. This book attempts to meet the needs of all the above groups of people by providing a coherent, accessible and practical set of guidelines on how to carry out action research. The main purpose of this book is to offer practical guidance to those who intend to carry out action research. The researcher must first ask three important questions: (1) What is action research? (2) When would it be appropriate for a practitioner to carry out action research? and (3) How would one go about carrying out action research? Doing action research facilitates evaluation and reflection in order to implement necessary changes in practice--both for an individual and within an institution--with increased understanding and confidence. As new initiatives are introduced with greater frequency, practitioners can often be left with conflicting viewpoints, doubts and dilemmas which need exploration, evaluation and reflection. Evaluating one's own practices is an integral part of an applied discipline such as education. Chapters in this book include: (1) What is action research?; (2) Getting started; (3) Reviewing literature; (4) Planning action; (5) Gathering data; (6) Analysing data; and (7) Writing up and reporting your action research. Also included in the book are: Endnote; Useful websites; Glossary of key terms; References; and Index.
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Qualitative Research, Educational Improvement, Reflective Teaching, Action Research, Research Methodology, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Guidelines, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Practitioners; Researchers
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