What is action research? Dr Carol Davenport describes how action research in education can be applied as part of a continuous professional development programme for science education in schools and colleges.
The network of Science Learning Centres run a number of courses which include elements of action research.
John Elliott (1991) defines action research as:
“Action research is the process through which teachers collaborate in evaluating their
practice jointly; raise awareness of their personal theory; articulate a shared conception of
values; try out new strategies to render the values expressed in their practice more consistent with educational values they espouse; record their work in a form which is readily available to and understandable by other teachers; and thus develop a shared theory of teaching by research practice.”