Try it risk-free Action research is often used in the field of education.
The following lesson provides two examples of action research in the field of education, methods of conducting action research and a quiz to assess your understanding of the topic. Each of these ways is used in various professional fields, including psychology, sociology, social work, medicine, nursing, education and so on.
Action research is also beneficial in areas of teaching practice that need to be explored or settings in which continued improvement is the focus.
Let's take a closer look at the cycle of action research.
The cycle of action research is emphasized in each of the examples.
Step 1: Identify the Problem You are a fifth grade teacher and have identified a problem in your classroom.You have also noticed some things that were working really well!Either way, this is the step where you determine if the plan needs to be observed again with some modifications or if the plan worked perfectly.Step 4: Observe During this step of the action research process, you observe the groups of students working together.You take note on how they are progressing and what types of issues they are having, watch them brainstorm and form interesting ideas and even observe some students not getting along, arguing and not participating altogether. Step 5: Reflect and Share This final step is the end point of action research... You have noticed that throughout the whole week of observing and watching your students work together, there were some things that just weren't working.You are asked to be a part of an action research project where surveys are created and sent home to the parents asking for their thoughts on the issue.You and your team of researchers hope to identify reasons why students are not completing their homework and then be able to share the results with all staff at your school to garner some conversation on how to improve the problem.Once the surveys are completed, you will ask the school principal to review the surveys and assist in distributing them through the mail to all parents of children in the third grade at your school.Step 3: Act to Implement a Plan You act by working with the other teachers, completing the surveys and having the school principal assist in mailing them out to all parents of the third grade students.By doing this, you feel that next time you offer group work, you will have some new insight into what works well and what needs improvement regarding conducting group work in your class.Step 2: Devise a Plan Your plan includes having your students work together in groups for their upcoming science project.