Getting started with action research
Action research is a way to make changes to your professional practice informed by evidence and reflection. Action research should have a specific issue in mind that you wish to explore, practice and develop upon.
You can carry out action research either by yourself, with colleagues or on a whole school or departmental level. It helps to think about the process as a cycle of inquiry:
- Choose a question or focus
- What research is already out there?
- Plan how you will carry it out
- Implement change
- Collect the data
- Analyse the data
- Reflect on your findings
- Decide who else will benefit from knowing about your results and share
A useful series of booklets to support you in your action research has been produced by NFER:
- How to guides (National Foundation for Educational Research)
Note: the previous link was updated by NFER recently, we have found the PDF of the first series of how to guides. As soon as a new link with all guides is available, we’ll update this step.
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