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: Deciding on an Approach and Complementary Methods

How to do a Practitioner Enquiry: Deciding on an Approach and Complementary Methods

Chapter Enquiry Questions

  • How can you choose the best data collection tools to answer your research question?
  • What constitutes evidence and how can it be collected?
  • How can mixing methods provide new insight to your enquiry questions?
  • How can your enquiry convince a sceptical colleague?


In Chapter 2 we asked you to reflect on your own beliefs about the purpose of education research, what quality looks like and how this fits with ethical considerations, from both the research world and education. Then in Chapter 3 we outlined how you should develop your enquiry questions ensuring they were realistic and answerable. We encouraged consideration of what you want to find out and how to therefore pose the ...

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