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Action Research

  • By: Marcia L. Lamkin & Amany Saleh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Action research is a process through which teacher-researchers carefully and methodically examine their educational practice. Action research provides a systematic way for teachers to measure the success of curriculum, materials, and instructional methods. Teachers who conduct action research intend to inform, compare, and possibly change classroom practices.

Action research offers a systematic and orderly plan for small-scale, real-world investigations designed toward intervention in a specific setting, often a classroom setting. Action research focuses less on large-scale relationships or on testing theory, and more on an individual problem encountered by the researcher. This method empowers practitioners to investigate a problem or issue, create a detailed account of the situation, and devise plans to deal with existing problems. In the realm of research on the curriculum, action ...

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