Karen Elinich @ Pepperdine University

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A Definition of Action Research

I selected this definition because I value its simplicity and because of its direct application to education.  


Action research is any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers,

principals, school counselors, or other stakeholders in the teaching/learning environment, to gather information about the ways that their particular schools operate, how they teach, and how well their students learn. This information is gathered with the goals of gaining insight, developing reflective practice, effecting positive changes in the school environment (and on educational practices in

general), and improving student outcomes and the lives of those involved.(Mills, 2000, as cited in Aune, 2002).


Aune, B. (2002). Teaching Action Research via Distance [Electronic version].

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education 10(4), 461-479.


Geoffrey Mills is Associate Dean and Director of Teacher Education at Southern Oregon University.

Betty Aune is a professor at the University of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

July 31, 2004