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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Chapter 7: Analyzing and Reporting Results
Analyzing and Reporting Results
Results for AR happen on two levels: the personal transformational process that most researchers experience and their findings and conclusions, which as with any research, may have importance to others facing similar dilemmas. In order for the results to have importance, they need to be convincing to others. Not all research is successful in that regard, and that does not make it bad research; in fact, it is as valuable to report failure, with a detailed explanation of what caused your work to fail, as it is to report success. After all, the legacy of failed projects can be to improve other people's practice, and we do that as much by illuminating what caused our difficulties as we ...