Tutorial 2: Understanding Action Research


Action research is a form of deep inquiry into one’s practice that involves acting to address issues or problems followed by a systematic process for learning from the results of your actions.The action researcher intentionally introduces iterative cycles of change into a social system and, working closely with others, analyzes any transformations to the system, reflects on the process, and shares these understandings with others. Common to most, if not all, approaches to action research is the assumption that understanding is grounded in experience coupled with an analytic approach to evidence followed by reflective integration.



T2: VIDEO

This video helps you explore resources to develop your understanding of the action research process. Read from these different sources and then complete the activities.







todo icon.pngT2: Activities

These activities which will help you think about your understanding of action research and compare your views with others. The resources support the activities.

A. Action Research Reflection Questions for your blog


B. Online Polls:


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C. Discussion Forum

D. Describe your Understanding and Plans

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Please follow this link to explore ideas to build your knowledge about action research



  1. The Center for Collaborative Action Research, CCAR
  2. Action Research for Professional Development - Jean McNiff
  3. The Center for Technology in Educationexternal image cte.gif
  4. Overview of Action Reearch - Article by Rory O'Brien
  5. A chapter on Action Research for Health Care Providers
  6. Appreciative Inquiry
  7. Cultural Humility
  8. People, Communities, Organizations, and Journals
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