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Action Research - A short list of resources


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Judith Baser, Min Wilkie & Claire Taylor (2006) Doing Action Research: a Guide for School Support Staff. London: Paul Chapman

Emily Calhoun (1994) How to use Action Research in the Self-renewing School. Alexandra, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Excerpts available at:

David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick (2010) Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization, 3rd edition. London: Sage Publications

Louis Cohen, Richard Bell, Lawrence Manion & Keith Morrison (2011) Research Methods in Education, 7th edition. London: Routledge

Nancy Fichtman Dana (2013) Digging deeper into action research: A Teacher Inquirer's Field Guide Thousand Oaks Cal.: Corwin

John Elliott (1991) Action Research for Educational Change. Buckingham: Open University Press

Rob Halsall (ed) (1998) Teacher Research and School Improvement: Opening Doors from the Inside. Buckingham: Open University Press

Cher Hendricks (2012) Improving Schools through Action Research: a Reflective Practice Approach, 3rd edition. London: Pearson Education

David Hopkins (2008) A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Research, 4th edition. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Open University Press.

Stephen Kemmis and Robin McTaggart (1983) The Action Research Planner. Victoria: Deakin University
Kurt Lewin (1946) Action research and minority problems. Journal of Social Issues, 2(4): 34-46. Available at: http://bscw.wineme.fb5.unisiegen.de/pub/nj_bscw.cgi/d759359/5_1_ActionResearchandMinortyProblems.pdf

Mary McAteer (2013) Action Research in Education. London: Sage Publications.

Paul McIntosh (2010) Action Research and Reflective Practice: Creative and Visual Methods to Facilitate Reflection and Learning. London: Routledge

Christine Macintyre (2000) The Art of Action Research in the Classroom. London: Fulton

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2005) Action Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide. London: David Fulton Publishers

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2006) All you Need to Know about Action Research. London: Sage Publications Ltd

Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead (2010) You and Your Action Research Project, 3rd edition. London: Routledge.

Craig Mertler (2013) Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators, 4th edition. London: Sage Publications

Geoffrey Mills (2010) Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 4th edition. London: Pearson Education

Ernest Stringer (2010) Action research in education, in Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker & Barry McGaw (eds) International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd edition). Amsterdam: Elsevier, pages 311–319. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780080448947015311

Susan Wallace (2013) Doing Research in Further Education and Training. London: Sage Publications

Action research. School Matters series. Teachers Media. 28 minute video about action research in practice with three case studies. http://www.teachersmedia.co.uk/videos/action-research

ActionResearch.net Jack Whitehead’s website hosted by Liverpool Hope University. http://www.actionresearch.net

jeanmcniff.com Jean McNiff’s website. http://www.jeanmcniff.com/

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN). http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/carnnew/resources.php
CARN aims to encourage and support action research projects (personal, local, national and international), accessible accounts of action research projects, and contributions to the theory and methodology of action research

Introduction to action research. http://www.sitesupport.org/actionresearch/index.html
An online module about action research developed by John Hopkins University.

Action Research Journal blog http://arj-journal.blogspot.co.uk/
The ARJ blog is the web log for the print publication Action Research.

Action Research (Sage) http://arj.sagepub.com/

The Canadian Journal of Action Research (Open access) http://cjar.nipissingu.ca/index.php/cjar

Educational Action Research (Taylor & Francis) http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reac20/current

Examples of action research project reports

Expansive Education Network (eeDNET)
Members of the Expansive Education Network have access to the reports produced by teachers arising from their action research projects. Login at: http://www.expansiveeducation.net/

Other examples
The following two reports are available on the CfBT website. The first is a collection of action research reports from teachers and the second is a collection of reports from the middle leadership practitioners in the same school.

Karen Whitby (ed) (2011) Action research at St Mark's Academy. Reading: CfBT Education Trust. Available at: http://www.cfbt.com/en-GB/Research/Research-library/2011/r-action-research-st-marks-1-2011

Practitioner research conducted by teachers within their own school, St Mark's Academy, examining their experiences in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning through their own research

Karen Whitby, Lisa Peterkin & Olivia Douse (eds) (2012) Action research at St Mark's Academy II. Reading: CfBT Education Trust. Available at: http://www.cfbt.com/en-GB/Research/Research-library/2012/r-action-research-st-marks-2-2012

A second action research publication from St Mark's Academy based upon the experiences of middle leadership practitioners within the academy. The publication focuses on broader issues relating to barriers to success within the school.



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