Traditionally, teachers have been the subjects or consumers of others’ research. Action Research, however, involves teachers directly in researching their own practice through topics they select to explore.
The purpose of Action Research is to help teachers improve their instructional practices by reflecting deeply on their work. Cathy Caro-Bruce, a staff development specialist, explains why it is vital for educators to have a clear understanding of what Action Research is:
“What is Action Research? It’s a process in which participants examine their own practice. That piece of looking at your own practice is really critical. It implies that while you’re doing your work, you’re taking action. You’re looking at a question, you’re collecting some data, you’re reflecting on it, and then you might try something new. You might refine your question, try something different, or collect some more data, but you’re active while you’re doing it; it’s not a passive activity.”
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