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Maxwell, Bruce R. – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2019
Canadian University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) assess action research proposals based on the ethical protection of participants, the methodology, and any potential implications for human participants involved in the qualitative study. There are more disadvantages than advantages through this ethical review process.This positional paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evaluators, Action Research, Qualitative Research
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Beaulieu, Rodney – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2017
Action research is a growing tradition for improving teachers' practice and students' learning outcomes, and it draws from a variety of methods for collecting and analysing data. In this article, phenomenography is proposed as an innovative approach for enhancing action research. With an emphasis on mapping variations on students' experience,…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Action Research, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement
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Smith, Cathryn – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2017
Action research has been described as "designing the plane while flying it" (Herr & Anderson, 2005, p. 69). A black box documented the researcher's decisions while facilitating leadership development sessions with teacher leaders. Ten process folio steps informed the study through six iterations. Planning steps included a design…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Action Research, Leadership Training, Sequential Learning
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McCall, Jane; Mollison, Ashley; Browne, Annette; Parker, Joanne; Pauly, Bernie – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2017
The study explored cultural safety as a strategy to address the stigma of substance use in acute care settings. Two research team members took on the role of knowledge brokers (KBs) in order to liaise between the research team and two distinct research advisory groups: one with people who use drugs and the other nurses. The KBs were instrumental…
Descriptors: Facilitators (Individuals), Cultural Awareness, Safety, Drug Use
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Hughes, Susan – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2016
This study reports on graduate students' thoughts and beliefs about utilizing action research as a means of professional development two years after their graduation from a Master of Arts program in Education. Because many school districts now encourage teachers to engage in self-study and to collect data that informs their instruction, the author…
Descriptors: Action Research, Graduate Students, Professional Development, Feedback (Response)
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Dunn, Michael; Barrio, Brenda; Hsiao, Yun-Ju – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2016
Students with developmental disabilities often struggle with life-readiness skills (e.g., literacy skills such as reading and writing, task completion, and communication), which also help prepare students for the workplace. Assistive technology tools offer these students a means to do better in these areas. In this action-research study, we…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Assistive Technology, Developmental Disabilities, Daily Living Skills
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Gardner, Morgan; Brown, Linda; Young, Elizabeth; Young, Allie; McCann, Ann; Myles, Carol – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2016
Participatory action research (PAR) lacks concerted attention to what makes youth-adult teams feel like genuine partners. This paper explores our youth-adult PAR team's experience of what made us feel like partners during our five-year study of youth voice in educational change. Our findings reveal that we felt like research partners when our…
Descriptors: Action Research, Participatory Research, Educational Change, Social Change
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Doqaruni, Vahid Rahmani – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2015
This study reports on an action research on increasing the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students' confidence in speaking. Participants involved in this study were 16 male university students who had an upper-intermediate level of English. Extra speaking activities were incorporated into the classroom for 8 successive weeks. Insights into…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Arthur, Anne; Hannah, Erin – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2015
This qualitative combined methodology study was undertaken to identify key factors in re-engagement by students aged 18-21 years returning to Secondary School. It was conducted in classrooms providing educational programming for students in treatment, care, custody or correctional facilities. An interview approach was adopted since continuous…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Late Adolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Fuqua, Jason – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2015
The number of native Arabic-speaking students coming to America to study English in university programs has grown over the past few years, and continues to be substantial. It has also been noticed by the English Language Institute (ELI) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) that these students often struggle more with reading activities in class,…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Reading Skills, Semitic Languages, Arabs
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A'Bear, David – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2014
This qualitative study explores the challenges that chronically ill students face in their learning as a result of prolonged and intermittent absences from school. It shows how the use of iPod technology as a communicative link minimized the impact of absences and allowed the student to experience true inclusion in their classroom, enabling the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chronic Illness, Attendance Patterns, Inclusion
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Robinson, Daniel; Foran, Andrew; Robinson, Ingrid – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2014
This paper reports on the results of the first cycle of an action research project. The objective of this action research was to examine the implementation of a school-based active transportation education program (Making Tracks). A two-cycle action research design was employed in which elementary school students' (ages 7-9), middle school…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Air Transportation, Physical Activities
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MacDonald, Cathy – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2012
Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a qualitative research methodology option that requires further understanding and consideration. PAR is considered democratic, equitable, liberating, and life-enhancing qualitative inquiry that remains distinct from other qualitative methodologies (Kach & Kralik, 2006). Using PAR, qualitative features of an…
Descriptors: Action Research, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Social Change
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Costello, David – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2012
This article shares the experience of a teacher investigating the tension between a mandated literacy program and his desire to teach in response to his perceptions of students' needs. Qualitative teacher research methodology is used to study the impact of mandated literacy practices on teaching and learning; and to answer the question: how is my…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Theory Practice Relationship, Student Attitudes, Literacy