You and Your Action Research Project

3rd Edition

By Jean McNiff, Jack Whitehead

© 2010 – Routledge

280 pages

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About the Book

What are the most effective ways of planning and doing action research projects?

You and Your Action Research Project gives practical guidance on doing an action research project. Written for practitioners across professions who are studying on award-bearing courses, this book is packed full of useful advice and takes the reader through the various stages of a project, including:

  • starting your action research project
  • monitoring and documenting the action
  • techniques for dealing with the data
  • making claims to knowledge and validating them
  • making your research public: creating your living theory.

The book's practical approach will appeal to practitioners and will encourage them to try out new strategies for improving their work. It will also be essential reading for those resource managers in schools, colleges and higher education institutions who are responsible for providing courses and support.

This third edition of the bestselling book has been thoroughly updated and improved by a number of features, with new case studies from a wide range of disciplines, points for reflection and up-to the-minute information on current debates and ideas.

Table of Contents

Selected Contents: Introduction Part 1: First principles 1. Action research: what it is and what it is not 2. Why should you do action research? 3. The main features of action research processes Part 2: Planning your project 4. Working with others in organisational and institutional settings 5. Influence and ethics Part 3: Designing your project 6. Designing your project: action planning 7. Designing your project: checklists for action Part 4: Doing your project 8. Monitoring the action, looking for data, and documenting the processes involved 9. Collecting and managing the data 10. Analysing and interpreting the data and generating evidence Part 5: Making claims to knowledge and validating them 11. Validation process: making claims to knowledge and validating them 12. Legitimation processes: presenting reports and legitimating them Part 6: Disseminating your knowledge 13. Writing your report 14. Disseminating your research and getting published References

About the Authors

Jean McNiff is an independent researcher and writer, Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick, and Visiting Fellow at the University of West England, UK.

Jack Whitehead is lecturer in Education at the University of Bath, UK, and former President of the British Educational Research Association.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research
EDUCATION / Professional Development