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Action Research Resources

Action research is an iterative process that converges towards a better understanding of what happens as a result of actions taken. Because practices involve other people, action research is participatory, often highly collaborative, and employs both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Graduate programs across the country are supporting students in action research. Many work settings have embraced action research as a collaborative form of organizational learning and professional development. The resources listed here can help both students and professionals as they engage in these thoughtful strategies to learn from practice.


Action Research Tutorials

The Center offers a set of twelve tutorials for learning how to do action research (interact tab provides more details). Each tutorial starts with a brief video introduction and then has a set of activities and resources to support them. There is also a workbook of templates for the set of action research activities that can be printed and distributed to students. These are offered to support the teaching or learning of action research and can be shared without cost or need for permission.

Featured Articles and Casts 

Room 7 and a Feminist Participatory Action Research Website (Article)

Patricia Maguire  2021

Action Research In A Time Of Global Crisis (Article)

Lonnie Rowell 2020

Action Research Global Conversations (Podcast) 

Linnea Parry Rademaker, Host  beginning in June 2020-

Action Research Podcasts

Adam Stieglitz and Joe Levitan, Co-hosts beginning Sep 2020-


Action Research Websites and Journals
(updated Feb 2021)

Action Research at Brown University

Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA)


Action Research Network of the Americas - ARNA

Action Research For Professional Development

Action Research SIG - AERA

Allan Feldman's Action Research Paper Portfolio

Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCar) -Sweden


Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)


Drawn to Science

Educating as Inquiry - A Teacher Action Research Site


Educational Action Research Journal

Feminist Participatory Action Research

i. e.: Inquiry in Education - An online peer-review journal on practitioner research


Living Educational Theory Approach to Action Research


Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research


Moravian Repository of Action Research Reports


Social Publisher Foundation


Supporting the Teaching of Action Research


Teacher & Action Research - George Mason University


Some Recommended Action Research Books


Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research (2017) Lonnie Rowell, Cathy Bruce, Joseph Shosh, Margaret Riel, Eds.

Teachers Investigate Their Work: An Introduction to Action Research across the Professions 3rd Edition 
Allan Feldman, Herbert Altrichter, Peter Posch, & Bridget Somekh

Action Research for Business, Nonprofit, and Public Administration: A Tool for Complex Times 
E. Alana James, Tracesea Slater & Alan Bucknam


Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization 
David Coghlan & Teresa Brannick


Action Research in Education (BERA/SAGE Research Methods in Education) 
Mary McAteer

All You Need to Know About Action Research 
Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead

Doing and Writing Action Research 
Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead

Action Research: Principles and practice 
Jean McNiff

You and Your Action Research Project 
Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead

Action Research Plus Video-Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package (5th Edition) 
Geoffrey E. Mills

Action Research 
Ernest T. Stringer

The SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research 
Susan E. Noffke

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