Action Research: A New Look
Keywords:Action research, Research approach, Research paradigm, Research cycle
In this study an attempt has been made to answer the question “What is Action Research?” giving an overview of its processes and principles, stating when it is appropriate to use and situating it within a praxis research paradigm. The definition and evolution of the approach is described, including the various kinds of action research being used today. The action research process and its nature have been discussed from different scholars’ points of view. This article also seeks to add a new dimension to, and way of thinking about, the cyclical process underlying action research and its relationship to problems and learning issues. The nature of action research highlights six different key principles as well as situates it in a research paradigm followed by different types of action research along with its characteristic issues and ethical considerations. Finally, this study has revealed that action research is a deliberate and solution-oriented investigation that is a group or personally owned and conducted.