Action Research?What’s that?

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?

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Action Research?What’s that?

  1. Well done, Maira (5/5). Action research is indeed an important aspect of reflective teaching and contributing to professional communities of practice. Unfortunately, action research may be just another commitment on teachers who are already overworked and underpaid. For action research to really work, schools need to give teachers time and support to do it.

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  2. Maira, I found your post very interesting. In fact, during this year, by visiting NIS conference, and also, as you mentioned KERA conference, I have heard a lot works using this action research. Mostly, NIS school teachers applies this method in their research studies. As For me, it seems that particularly this research study best shows the real interest in teaching process of the teachers. As you said, they are independent. They do it, for the sake of making some improvements in their teaching methods. So, due to this method they indicate the results that can make their lesson better or make students’ achievement higher and so on. That’s why, I think every teacher have to acquire this method and use it in their research study periodically.
    Also, sharing your knowledge about AR with giving examples from your experience made your blog post easy to read and follow your ideas.

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  3. Thanks Maira for your interesting post! I agree with you that action research improves teachers’ practices in the classroom. It is applied in order to improve specific practices. It is based on action, critical analysis, and evaluation. Such a research is focused on specific situations, context which in its turn helps to improve teachers practices in the classroom. However, teachers don’t have much time to conduct an action research. Did you conduct an action research?

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  4. Dear Maira,

    Thank you for the post! I remember an amazing lecture with Professor Makoelle about the action research. Action research already includes the word “action”.A researcher goes beyond the theories and results, but the data comes with solutions together. Especially, action research could help solve some educational problems. It is a great opportunity for teachers, but the negative thing here is time. Teachers who do the action research should have enough time for this, as it is a very longitudinal process. I believe that teachers could be valuable action researchers because they know the problem, the have the first-hand experience, they know what to start with. Another thing is also important to mention. Action research would benefit from having a collaboration of several teachers. I would definitely to try doing action research.

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