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Action Research Overview

Diagram of the action research process

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The action research process follows these steps:

  1. Identify the problem: What's a problem I've noticed in my setting that I want to address?
  2. Research the problem and solutions: Conduct a literature review to learn what others have done to address the problem.
  3. Develop an intervention plan: Based on my literature review, what will I do to address this problem in my setting?
  4. Implement your plan: The "action" part!
  5. Interpret your results: What happened? Why?
  6. Reflect, modify, and begin again: Research is an ongoing, iterative process. My research has given me a fuller picture of the situation -- what should I do with that now?

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