Action Research


What is Action Research?

Action Research “seeks to bring together action and reflection, theory and practice, in participation with others, in the pursuit of practical solutions to issues of pressing concern to people, and more generally the flourishing of individual persons and their communities”  (Reason & Bradbury, 2001, p. 1).

Action researchers:
  • acknowledge subjectivity in one’s research and value the interaction between researcher and the community being researched as a valid, knowledge-generating practice used for the advancement of positive social change.
  • value action in correspondence with community reflection on that action with the explicit purpose of advancing community-identified needs.

What purpose does Action Research serve?

To acknowledge the role that power and privilege plays in the research process, and to change the way in which researchers interact with their surroundings in order to promote action geared toward positive social change.

Action Research Model


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