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.

Taking Account of Learner Perspectives in your Enquiry

Taking Account of Learner Perspectives in your Enquiry

Chapter Enquiry Questions

  • How can you change the way you look at what is happening in your context?
  • What might your learners have to tell you?
  • Are there different ways to get at learners' experiences and ideas?
  • How can you incorporate a range of voices in your enquiry?


This chapter presumes that, as many practitioner enquirers do, you have made a decision to investigate learners in some way as part of your enquiry. This could be a consultation of attitudes or beliefs or it could be an exploration of learner behaviours or an investigation of learning outcomes. It could be with regard to institution structures, organisation and management or the process of teaching and learning. Regardless of the focus, this chapter ...

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