Research Methods: Developing your research design

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Action research

Action research is most commonly associated with the investigation of practical issues / problems that exist within real contexts. The aim of this type of research is to enable the researcher to develop a greater understanding of the factors impacting on these issues / problems in order to be able to develop new strategies for implementing change to bring about improvements for example in procedures or practice. Action research is often a cyclical process where ongoing evaluation of these new strategies becomes the focus of the next phase of the research. Action research of often carried out by practitioners themselves as they seek to actively bring about improvements in aspects of their own practice.

Sources of further information:

HEA (2018) Action Research: Practical Guide (click on the Download Resource link at the right of the page)