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.

How to do a Practitioner Enquiry: Finding and Refining a Question

How to do a Practitioner Enquiry: Finding and Refining a Question

Chapter Enquiry Questions

  • How can you get from an idea or a hunch to an enquiry question?
  • What is a good enquiry question?
  • Has somebody else already answered this question?
  • How can you make your enquiry manageable?


We began this chapter in the first edition with ‘Once convinced of the benefit of enquiry and the action research cycle for learning about the teaching and learning process in your context, the next stage is to focus on which aspect you want to explore, what questions you want to ask, what change you are expecting and how you are going to measure/observe that change’. However, feedback suggests that some readers start here (rather than with chapter 1) with a niggling ...

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