This book covers the background, process, and tools needed to introduce and guide students through to a successful action research (AR) project. Included are how to initiate, plan, and complete AR within all types of organizations in business, nonprofit, and public administration. Graphic organizers and a modular sequence of topics help students manage the steps involved in AR practice. A protocol for weekly report writing, informed consent documentation, and clear guidelines for final analyses and report writing give graduate students the efficient format they need. This book teaches theory by interweaving discussion of the major content areas and stories of student success with the concepts that impact practice.

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Methods and Measurement

Methods and measurement

The end goal of doing AR, whether in an academic environment or other context, is to do something that has measurable results. The essence of AR is the blend of both action and research, using the reflective cycle to then delve deeper into the issue you are facing, which spins you off into another cycle. A secret to having measurable results is to plan ahead, and that requires a general understanding of methods and measurement. We started this chapter by asking students what their questions were about methods and measurements. Those questions constitute the substance of what is discussed here.

Chapter 4 will address the following questions:

  • What types of methods are there, and which are most commonly used in AR?
  • Can you ...
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