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Action Research

Students engaged in collaborative action research begin with an inquiry into topics raised by issues of personal and social significance. They acquire research skills and produce an action plan. In Cycle II, their research skills expand and they enter into an inquiry whose purpose is to be a conduit for social change.

Action research projects are grounded in the personal and social issues that are relevant to students.

Through collaborative group work and discussions students:

  • select and negotiate a topic, audience, and genre with the teacher (e.g., How can spoken word poetry create social change? How can adolescents work to promote diverse books?)
  • develop a working plan and identify the steps that need to be taken
  • follow an inquiry process to research their topic 
  • select their methodology and create their timeline for the project (e.g., will they use primary and/or secondary sources? Where will they find information?)
  • collect data using observations, interviews, written cases and accounts, etc.)
  • analyze the data and formulate an action plan
  • present the action plan to peers and teacher
  • prepare the action plan for presentation to a wider audience
  • reflect on the process taken and decisions made during the project


Additional Resources:

The inquiry process may be used for inquiry, ethnography and action reasearch projects.

Students may use the production process to plan, draft, revise and edit any written, spoken or media texts related to the inquiry project.

Share information on gathering data from primary and secondary sources with students during the planning stage of the project.

Promoting Diversity in the Library through Social Action is a project idea for action research for Cycle I where students are invited to engage in an inquiry into gender stereotypes in children’s literature and use their data to create book pairings that promote diversity.