I’m not engaging in action research at the moment but, if I ever decide to take part in an action research study in the future, here are the methodological principles:
Methodological principles of action research
- Action research integrates research and action in a series of flexible cycles. The collection and analysis of data, the planning and introduction of strategies for change and the evaluation of these changes is an iterative process.
- Action research is carried out by a collaborative partnership of participants and researchers.
- Action research involves the development of knowledge and understanding of a unique kind.
- Action research has a vision of self transformation and has aspirations for greater social justice for all.
- Action research involves a high degree of reflexivity.
- Action research involves exploratory engagement with a wide range of knowledge drawn from other fields.
- Action research engenders powerful learning for participants through its combination of research and reflection.
- Action research locates any inquiry in its broader context.
Somekh, B. (2006). Action research: a methodology for change and development. Maidenhead: Open University Press.