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Journal Entry - Four [posted Friday,October 3,2008]

I am starting to think of my Action Research Project in a more practical, personal way. While reading "Action research for professional development; Concise advice for new action researchers," by Jean McNiff, I realized that the idea of self-reflection is indeed central to action research. McNiff asks us, as practitioners, to think about our own life and work, and to ask ourselves why do we do the things that we do, and why are we the way we are. The yearlong assignment has had me stressed out from day one! After reading McNiff’s article, I feel more relaxed. The authors states that we don’t need to start with “a fixed hypothesis” which seems like a daunting task, but merely an idea on which to build. The article went on to explain that the research process is the developmental process, the following through of the idea. You check on it [the idea] frequently to check that it is aligned with what you wanted to happen. This is as the author puts it “a form of self-evaluation.” I have spent much time over the past couple of weeks reflecting on my project and doing self-evaluations to ensure that I am on target, keeping the idea for my action research project in line with my goals, ethics and values. I am confident that, so far, I feel good about my potential project and its implementation. The process has been an enriching and rewarding experience in more ways than one. Family, friends and coworkers have commented that, as of late, I seem less stressed and have a much calmer demeanor.