Scholar

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. 

Resources

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09650790500200316

Wadsworth, Y. (1998). What is participatory action research? Action Research International. Retrieved from https://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/images/articles/hires/img20060329114366...

Journals

Websites 

Action Research Network of the Americas - ARNA
http://sites.google.com/site/arnaconnect

Action Research for School Counselors
http://www.schoolcounselor-advocate.com/

Action Research SIG - AERA
http://sites.google.com/site/aeraarsig

Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA)

http://www.alarassociation.org/

Action Research at Brown University
http://www.brown.edu/academics/education-alliance/

Action Research at Queen's University in Canada
http://resources.educ.queensu.ca/ar/

Action Research For Professonal Development
http://www.jeanmcniff.com/ar-booklet.asp

Action Research & Action Learning in Communities and Organizations- Australia
www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arhome.html

Center for Collaborative Action Research Free Action Research Tutorials
ccar.wikispaces.com/

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) 
www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/carnnew/

Allan Feldman's Action Research Paper Portfolio
www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~afeldman/ActionResearchPapers/ARpapersindex.html

Educating as Inquiry - A Teacher Action Research Site 
www.lupinworks.com/ar/change.html

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

http://www.actionresearch.net/living/living.shtml

Teacher & Action Reserach - George Mason University 

http://gse.gmu.edu/research/tr/tr-action

Questions

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