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Action Research : Teacher as a Researcher

'Manoj Kumar Dash, Programme Officer, DEP-SSA, IGNOU'


Action Research
Action Research


1.0 Introduction

Professionals working at different levels face varieties of problems in their day to day work.It is important to deal with those problems in a systematic and scientific way.Every individuals need to empower themselves in identifying the causes of such difficulties and finding solutions in a systematic ways. This unit deals with basic aspects relating to solving the day to day problems in a systematic way.

Action research
Action research

As we all know that performance of an individual is measured in terms of some well established indicators.Similarly, performance of teacher determines the fruitfulness of an educational programme. It is essential on the part of a teacher to solve the problems of school, classroom, and children successfully in a meaningful way.Therefore teacher working at different level should have a sound knowledge on the fundamental concepts of action research. This unit certainly aims at helping teachers to build their competencies to solve their day to day problems systematically for making the situation better.How best a teacher can apply the systematic approaches to solve their own problem for improving their practices depends upon knowledge of certain fundamental approaches of action research. Action research is a means of improving the practices of practitioner better.

Action research model

This unit can be used as a training tool for orientation of teachers/teacher educators/other functionaries on Action Research. Let us go through the objectives of this unit for further clarification about the content of this unit.

1.1 Objectives

After going through this unit you would be able to:

i) Differentiate action research from research.

ii) Identify suitable problem for action research.

iii) Understand the methodology for conducting action research.

iv) Appreciate the need and importance of action research.

Action research Process

1.2 Research & Action Research

Teacher and teacher educators are extensively associated with research in one way or other. The basic purpose of such type od researchers are to improve competencies for making their practices better. Therefore it is essential on the part of teacher and teacher educator to develop a clear understanding in what research is and research is different from action research.

The presentation given below is an attempt to help you in developing a clear understanding on the following aspects.

1. What is research ?

2. What are the types of research?

3. Difference between different types of research.

4. Steps of conducting a research.

5. What is action research?

6. How action research is different from other forms of research?

Let us have a look to the presentation.

Research & Action Research

1.2.1 What is Research

1.2.2 Steps of Research

1.2.3 Types of Research

1.2.4 Scope of Educational Research

1.2.4 Scope of Educational Research

1.2.5 Methods of Research Historical method Descriptive method Experimental method Action research

1.2.6 Research and Applied Research

1.3 Identification of Problem for Action Research

Identification of a suitable problem for action research is considered to be the most important aspect on the part of a practitioner. Particularly teachers and teacher educators must have a thorough understanding on how an action research problem differs from problems pertaining to other types of research.This presentation is an attempt to develop a clarity on this aspect in one hand and developing confidence of practitioners to identify a suitable action research problem on the other hand.

The presentation given below covers the following aspects for easy understanding in identification of a problem for action research.

1. An illustration for identification of action research problem

2. Nature/characteristics of action research problem

3. Who does action research?

4. Benefits of action research

Let us have a look to the presentation.

Problem Identification in Action Research

1.3.1 Situational Analysis

1.3.2 Characteristics of Action an Research Problem

1.3.3 Who Does Action Research

1.3.4 Benifits of Action Research

1.4 Action Research: Methodology

Helping the practitioner to know about their problems and suggesting suitable strategies to find solution of those problem is an essential requirement of in-service teacher education problem. The presentation given below is an attempt to familiarise the practitioner to develop sensitivity towards their own problem and a suitable method to handle the problem.

action research for school development

The presentation given below covers the following aspects for easy understanding in finding solution of of a action research problem meaningfully.

1. Problems of teachers and teacher educators.

2. Solution of identified problem

3. Systematic approach to solve problems

4. Steps for conducting action research

Let us have a look to the presentation and make a meaningful discussion on each and every aspects.

Methodology of Action Research

1.4.1 Problems of Teacherearch

1.4.2 Improving Current Practices

1.4.3 Action Research steps Diagnosis of the Problem Planning the interventi Actual implementations Reflections

1.5 Action Research:Illustration

After having a discussion on the above three aspects (Research & Action Research, Identification of Problem for Action Research and Action Research Methodology) it would be appropriate to give an illustration of a action research project. This will provide a thorough understanding on how to put the above three aspects in to practice.

The presentation given below is an attempt to expose you to a simulated situation, where you can develop your confidence in conducting action research appreciate the role of action research for improving your own practices. The important points are high lighted are:

1. Title of a Action research

2. Defining the problem

3. Introduction

4. Rationale

5. Methodology

6. Objectives

7. Procedure

8. Probable Reasons

9. Action Steps

10. Consequences

11. Sharing of Results

12. Implications

All the above points are developed based on the problem. This is just an example to develop your understanding.This is not a concrete one. This is only meant for training and orientation. Still there is much scope for its improvement. You would be highly appreciated if you could improve the same and make it more meaningful.

Let us have a look to the presentation and make a meaningful discussion on each and every aspects.

Illustration-Action Research

1.5.1 Title

1.5.2 Problem

1.5.3 Introduction

1.5.4 Background

1.5.5 Rationale

1.5.6 Methodology Method Sample Tool Statistics

1.5.7 Objectives

1.5.8 Probable Reasons

1.5.9 Action Steps

1.5.10 Consequences/Effects

1.5.11 Sharing of Results


1.6 Action Research :Project Proposal

Developing a suitable project proposal is considered to be one of the important aspects of action research. Practitioner need to develop a clear understanding about the ways and means of solving a problem. A proposal complete in all respect shows the ability of the researcher to undertake such proposal. At the same time researcher will get a clarity on each and every aspects of the problem.

Therefore teaches and teacher educators supposed to develop a clear and concrete proposal for approval before the competent authority for approval. This presentation gives a framework for development of a complete proposal.

Let us have a look to the framework and make a discussion and interaction on each and every part of a project proposal for action research.

Project Proposal-Action Research

1.7 Unit Summary

This unit is expected to be a helping hand for the grassroot level practitioners those who are interested in improving their practices.Particularly the teachers working at different level can get an idea about how to solve their local specific problems/difficulties in a meaningful way for the benefit of their own practices. Teachers and teacher educators are definitely able to improve their competencies with involving themselves in action research. This is an idea to explore the thought and improving systemic working strategy of teachers and teacher educator for doing better in their practices.

This unit can also be proved itself as one of the tools of trainers/master trainers and Resource Persons working at different levels(state/district/block/cluster) for training of teachers and other functionaries associated with education of children at elementary level

To know more about action research and the strategy of conducting action research , you may click the bottom given below. this an attempt to give an exposre to the world of action research and its implication for improving the professional competencies of functionaries on one hand and developing organisational strategies on the other gand. Let us have a look to the site.


1.7 References

Dash, M. K. (2006) Quality Elementary Education for all: Role of the Teacher;Staff and Educational Development International, Vol.10, No.2&3, Dec, 2006, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

Dash, M. K. (2009) Information and Communication Technology: Professional Development of Elementary School Teachers; Neel Kamal Publishers, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

DEP-SSA, IGNOU (2007) Action Research (A Document…) Distance Education Programme-Sarva Shikha Abhiyan, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110 068

DEP-SSA,IGNOU (2008)Action Research (A Document...) , Distance Education Programme-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, An IGNOU MHRD Govt. of India Project, IGNOU, New Delhi 110 068

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