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Definition: Action Research is a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a "community of practice" to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. Learn more.

The Action Research process is used to understand current practice in the classroom and identify changes that will improve student achievement through improved teaching. Action Research can help answer questions about the effectiveness of specific instructional strategies, the performance of specific students, and classroom management techniques. Visit the Action Research Reflections blog to read the insights of your peers.

Professional Role/Responsibility
  • Identify a problem area in the form of a question.
  • Develop a plan of action, including possible strategies to address the action research question and a timeline.
  • Collect data in order to answer the action research question. Be sure to include multiple perspectives.
  • Analyze the data to identify patterns, insights, and new understandings. Document how these findings impact your practice and/or student learning.
  • Reflect on how the action research will change your classroom practices.
  • The individual or group keeps reflective notes, reference materials (journal articles, Internet links, meeting notes), and other relevant resources to ''narrate" their activities. (Click here to learn more about using a blog for reflective notes.)

Administrative Role/Responsibility
  • Discuss the initial action research proposal for approval.
  • Meet with the individual or group as requested.
  • Provide direction, resources and/or support.

Examples/Focus Area/Goal Suggestions      
  • Does online learning increase student engagement?
  • How successful is random grouping for project work?
  • Why is the performance of one student lacking in a particular area?
  • What is the best way to introduce the concept of [blank] ?
  • Will increasing the amount of feedback I provide improve students' [blank] skills?

1. Written reflection (Click here to learn more about using a blog for reflective notes.)

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