‘This structured and accessible book, with excellent case studies, will give confidence to anyone embarking on an action research project’
-Professor Ken Jones, Dean of Humanities, Swansea Metropolitan University
‘Masterly in its lucidity, this text contextualises Action Research in the fiedl of Education Practice; and is therefore a valuable resource in both professional learning and improved professional practice’
-Effie Maclellan, Research Professor in Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
‘An engaging, clearly written, and helpfully structured articulation of how AR can be implemented and practised in order to make a difference within educational contexts’
-Dr Stephen Parker, University of Worcester
‘Will assist practitioner researchers to develop a profound and critical understanding of this approach’
-Professor Marion Jones, Liverpool John Moores University
This hands-on and user-friendly book uses illustrative case studies to demonstrate and explore the potential for change in real social situations. This book seeks to assert the academic integrity of action research and to de-mystify the process.
Each chapter includes: – a ‘how to’ section based on concrete examples and dilemmas; – commentary that relates examples to the broader field; – a discussion of the underlying theoretical approach; – discussion and exploration of quality issues; – discussion of ethical and pragmatic decision-making
The mix of theoretical grounding and focus on real issues will be of benefit to Master's level or advanced undergraduate students on Education and Research Methods courses or those undertaking Action Research as part of professional development activities.
Mary McAteer is Director of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programme at Edge Hill University
Research Methods in Education series:
Each book in this series maps the territory of a key research approach or topic in order to help readers progress from beginner to advanced researcher.
Each book aims to provide a definitive, market-leading overview and to present a blend of theory and practice with a critical edge. All titles in the series are written for Master's-level students anywhere and are intended to be useful to the many diverse constituencies interested in research on education and related areas.
Other books in the series: – Using Case Study in Education Research; – Qualitative Research in Education, Atkins and Wallace; – Ethnography in Education, Mills and Morton
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Sharing and Promoting Action Research
Conclusion: Sharing and Promoting Action Research
This final chapter returns to the initial focus on the nature of action research, the models and processes by which it is normally undertaken, and the purposes and values it encapsulates. It discusses ways in which action research moves from the particularities of situated practice to speak to a broader audience.
If you have read this book prior to undertaking an action research project, you may be forgiven for thinking that the process can be quite a challenge. If, on the other hand, you are already engaged in or have previously done some action research, I hope that you have found some resonance with your own experiences.
It should be clear that action research is driven by a desire to understand ...