Action Research Resources

Action research is an iterative process which 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.

 

Action Research Websites and Journals
(updated Aug, 2020)

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

Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA)
www.alarassociation.org/

 

Action Research Network of the Americas - ARNA
arnawebsite.org

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

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

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

Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCar) -Sweden
cecar.gu.se//

 

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) 
www.carn.org.uk

 

Drawn to Science
www.drawntoscience.org/about.html

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

 

Educational Action Research Journal
https://www.tandfonline.com

i. e.: Inquiry in Education - An online peer review journal on practitioner research
digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/

 

Living Educational Theory Approach to Action Research
www.actionresearch.net/living/living.shtml

 

Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research
journals.library.wisc.edu/index.php/networks

 

Moravian Repositiory of Action Research Reports
www.moravian.edu/education/research/med-thesis

 

Social Publisher Foundation
www.socialpublishersfoundation.org

 

Supporting the Teaching of Action Research
star-arna-arc.org

 

Teacher & Action Research - George Mason University
gse.gmu.edu/research/tr/tr-action

 

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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" If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change--" Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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