Action Research: Making a difference in education

Alison Lawson

07 October 2009

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One of a range of Research Books, designed to help practioners run research projects in education.

Make a difference with your research.

Practitioner research done with the aim of gaining better understanding and making improvements to practice can be extremely powerful and rewarding. This collection of articles is an inspiring call to action for all teachers, tutors, lecturers, trainers and students - action research really does work and is a valuable part of continuing professional development.

Written in accessible language with illustrative examples, the authors present research that has made a difference, including an:

  • experiment in giving students feedback rather than grades
  • investigation of the impact of interactive whiteboards on teaching and learning
  • examination of the benefits of a forest school experience for young children
  • experiment in how to motivate students to read more at A level

With an introductory chapter explaining what action research is all about, and some concluding thoughts about how it can help practitioners to develop and share their knowledge and skills, this book is an essential introduction for those thinking of doing their own research.


Action research: what is it, who does it and why?
1. Professional development through teacher enquiry
2. Benefits of a forest school experience for very young children
3. Becoming a research-engaged school: using whiteboards and ICT
4. Motivation techniques for encouraging reading at A level
5. School council research: student researchers help inform spending decisions
6. What - no grades? An action research project in assessment for learning
7. Switching on the light - some reflections on staff development to support inclusive learning
Afterword: how action research changed our lives

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