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EDL 554 Research & Evaluation in Schools: Action Research

This guide will provide students with an introduction to action research and the research process within the field of education.

What is Action Research?

"This is a form of reflective inquiry in which a group of stakeholders systematically addresses issues, problems, and ideas that emerge from a particular community with the intention of generating genuine improvements in the quality of practice. In school settings, action research entails thoughtful consideration of educational theory and research, the analysis of the effects practice on student learning, and use of research findings to inform curriculum, instruction, and assessment."

Why is Action Research Valuable?

Action Research enables researchers to develop systematic approaches towards evaluating their own practice with the intention of producing positive change within their practices or within the broader learning community. 

The Action Research Process

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