You and Your Action Research Project is packed full of useful advice to take the reader through the various stages of an action research project. Written for practitioners across professions who are studying on work-based learning programmes and award-bearing courses, this book contains practical strategies for improving project work.
Split into the following five sections;
- Thinking about doing a project,
- Getting ready to do a project,
- Planning a project and managing it,
- Doing your project,
- Evaluating your action research project,
the structure is clearly accessible and easy-to-read, encouraging readers of cross-curricular interests from teachers, to nurses and social workers to try new approaches.
This fourth edition of the best-seller has been thoroughly updated and improved, with new and up-to-date case study material from a very wide range of disciplines, greater emphasis on the need for dialogical practices, points for reflection, more developed ideas about sorting and analysing data, and a stronger focus on writing as a form of research.
With key sections on engaging with the literatures and collaborative practices, whilst also developing ideas about writing and data analysis, this book will be essential reading for those wanting to begin and further develop their action research.
Jean McNiff is an independent researcher and writer, Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick. She is also the author of key text Action Research: Principles and Practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Prologue: What do I need to know about action research? Why do I need to know it? Part I: Designing and Planning Your Text 2. Getting ready to write: designing and planning 3. What goes into your text? How do you communicate with your reader? 4. Developing communicative competence: writing for a reader Part II Writing and Producing a Text 5. Learning to be a writer: engaging with the literatures 6. Learning to produce a text: the writing process 7. How do I write an action research report or masters dissertation? Part III Reflecting and Evaluating 8. How is the quality of an action research text judged? 9. The significance of your writing 10. Where now? References
Jean McNiff is an independent researcher and writer, Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, and Visiting Professor at Oslo and Akershus University College, Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers University. She is also the author of key texts Action Research: Principles and Practice, You and Your Action Research Project and Writing Up Your Action Research Project.