An Educator 's Guide For Practitioner Action Research

3094 Words Aug 9th, 2015 13 Pages
In the book An Educator’s Guide to Practitioner Action Research, there were many authors who expressed different beliefs of what is “practitioner action research”. Action research is a study in which an “insider” conducts research. Taking ideas from Mckernan (1991), McCutcheon and Jung (1990), and Kemmis and McTaggart (1982), it is a study process school professional’s plan, collaborative, and self-reflective on the social situation being addressed. There were also diverse approaches used for an action research study. One approach is the qualitative/narrative research methodology in which context and specific focus literature is gathered through data and reports of collection of life history stories. Connelly and Clandinin (1990) warn that, “not only may one ‘fake the data’ and write a fiction but one may also use the data to tell a deception as easily as a truth” (p.10). Qualitative researchers ask people for opinions in a way to provide facts and statistics. They provide surveys and questionnaires that people are requested to fill out and subsequently collected when completed. The district in my area frequently uses this approach when collecting hard data to support change.
Action research has many widely viewed points of interest. For example, interests that are controversial as well as applicable may entail the following: how it is politically viewed in the field of education, how quantitative research is more commonly required for graduate students, and how action…
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