Action Research

Leader: Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi 

Action Research is a mixed methods research focusing on enacting immediate changes in the research settings. It may produce quick changes as the researchers carry out the research in their own work settings. There are two major types of action research: critical action research and practical action research. The purpose of critical action research is liberation through gathering knowledge. Critical Action researchers focus on enhancing individuals' lives particularly marginalized individuals who do not have power to improve their own lives. Examples of issues that critical action researchers focus are racism, sexism, or prejudice in their work places. The practical action research also aims to improve individuals’ lives but with more practical orientation focusing on everyday practices and making small changes. 


Anderson, G. L., Herr, K., & Nihen, A. (2007) Studying Your Own School: An Educator’s Guide to Practitioner Action Research. Thousand Oak, CA: Corwin Press. 

Carr, W., Kemmis, S. (2005) Staying critical. Educational Action Research. 13(3) pp. 347–57.

Wadsworth, Y. (1998). What is participatory action research? Action Research International. Retrieved from



Action Research Network of the Americas - ARNA

Action Research for School Counselors

Action Research SIG - AERA

Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA)

Action Research at Brown University

Action Research at Queen's University in Canada

Action Research For Professonal Development

Action Research & Action Learning in Communities and Organizations- Australia

Center for Collaborative Action Research Free Action Research Tutorials

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)

Allan Feldman's Action Research Paper Portfolio

Educating as Inquiry - A Teacher Action Research Site

Living Educational Theory Approach to Action Research, List of doctoral dissertations and master theses conducted by Action Research

Teacher & Action Reserach - George Mason University


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