Action Research in Education is an essential guide for any lecturer, teacher or student-teacher interested in doing research. This exciting new edition of a popular text is an important resource for any education professional interested in investigating learning and teaching. Building on the success of Action Research in the Classroom, the authors have revised, updated and extended this book to include examples from further and higher education.Authors Vivienne Baumfield, Elaine Hall, and Kate Wall map out easy-to-follow steps for usefully applying an action research approach and provide practical tips and examples of real-life practitioner research projects from a range of schools, colleges and universities. This book will help teachers to: • Understand and apply practitioner inquiry • Enhance their problem-solving skills • Locate their own activity in a wider context • Maximize opportunities to develop practice • Evaluate the needs of their learners Clear, pragmatic and timely, this is a must-have text for all teachers and students of education.

Understanding Practitioner Enquiry

Understanding Practitioner Enquiry

Chapter Enquiry Questions

  • What do we mean by enquiry?
  • What is the link between promoting student enquiry in the classroom and teacher enquiry?
  • What can we learn across the different contexts for practitioner enquiry?


Teachers are problem solvers. The capacity to adapt national policy on curriculum and assessment to meet the needs of the individual learner is at the heart of their professional lives. It is the teacher adept at making adjustments who is effective in tackling systemic problems and who gains most satisfaction from their work (Huberman, 2001; Hattie, 2003). However, the intuitive judgement of individual teachers regarding the ‘best fit’ of practice to a specific situation can be enhanced through exposure to a wider range of alternatives. This book focuses on how a ...

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