The topic of action research was widely discussed during my second year of teaching at Nazarbayev Intellectual School. Back then, I did not have an idea what action research was. All I heard was that we as teachers could implement it as a solution to any classroom problems. The school started to organize coaching sessions on action research. A special team of 15 teachers was formed in order to spread the idea of action research. Finally, I understood that all of those actions directed towards this concept is not the waste of time. The inspiration to write about an action research straightly came to me after attending one of the sessions at KERA conference.
Action research, mostly perceived as a classroom research, is conducted by a teacher to observe or analyze the particular situation in a classroom. The purpose of doing such research is to improve teaching and to know more about students, their behavior, reactions, and, to get an overall picture of a classroom. A teacher should focus on what should be done in order to change a particular situation and how a class should change in that matter. This type of research is beneficial in terms of finding a solution to a problem happening in a classroom situation. For example, one of the teachers at KERA conference started action research 2 years ago focusing only on specific questions. She noticed that her students had problems with asking higher order type of questions. She asked herself whether the application of critical thinking in class will help her students to change this situation. Having used different critical thinking methods, after 6 months she started to see first improvements. This year she successfully finished her second action research project and presented it at KERA conference.
To sum up, I would say that action research has two main advantages teachers need to always remember about. Firstly, they are independent. Teachers take control over the classroom situation investigating it rather than being observed by outside researcher. Secondly, they develop and improve their teaching style and find answers to their questions. What do you think about action research?