Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

Action Research


  • This chapter provides an overview of the distinctive features of action research, through locating current debates in relation to its origins.
  • It presents a template of different models of action research, alerting the researcher to the areas of potential overlap/problems and helps her/him to anticipate and perhaps avoid difficulties.
  • Advice is given on planning action research projects, paying close attention to the ‘spiral’ or ‘cycle’ involved.
  • The potential of mixed methods designs for action research is examined.
  • The chapter concludes, however, by encouraging the action researcher to learn from other types of research and to explore helpful parallels, rather than focusing on those features of action research that may make it distinctive.


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