2.Understanding Action Research/ Activities/

These polls are designed to help you think about action research. There are no correct responses and action researchers have taken all of these positions. The task is really to help you uncover your assumptions about the process. And you might answer one way now and change your response as you have more experience with action research. Collectively these polls might provide a snapshot of how we are thinking about action research as a group.

PLEASE RESPOND... It only takes a few minutes...and it helps the rest of us think more deeply about action research. (You should be seeing a set of polls to respond to, it might take a minute for them to load).

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1. Action research involves taking action and doing research to understand that action. Both these activities are important to action research but action researchers might vary in terms of the relative weight they place on each of the activities. For some the energy and courage to create change might be slightly more important and to others the rigors of the methods to study change are more critical.

2. This question focuses on how you see the relationship between theory and practice. One way of thinking of the relationship is that social science theory informs practice - Action researchers use social science findings to inform patterns of change. A second way is think of theory as derived from Practice - Action researchers use practices to generate their own theories beginning with values, needs and knowledge of human interaction.

3. This questions explores the role of expert help in action research. Action research is always collaborative and action researchers look to others for suggestions, advice and validation of findings. This expertise can be located at the site, our outside the site in universities or districts.

4. Think about how you see the role of the group vs the individual in action research. Do you see action researcher planning his or her research and then involving others, or do you see action research is seen as a team enterprise where groups of practitioners work together to fashion change.

5. When you think of action research, how important is it for the action researcher to be able to identify a problem or challenge. Maybe you think it is better to start with validation of effective practices and then think about how to design even better practices?

6. Now think about the outcomes of action research. Some people focus more on the personal transformation change that often results from doing action research. Others look to how the social setting has changed not only for the person but for the participants and a range of stakeholders who are connected the social setting. When you think about the outcomes, which statement is most consistent with the way you think about action research outcomes?

7. The action researcher engages in a social process that in the end creates an understanding of change. This knowledge has value and researchers serve a role in sharing knowledge with others.

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