Action Research Resources

Action research is then a very iterative process which converges towards a better understanding of what happens as a result of actions taken. Because practices involve other people, action research is participatory, often highly collaborative, and employs both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Graduate programs across the country are supporting students in action research. Many work settings have embraced action research as a collaborative form of organizational learning. The resources listed here can help both students and professionals as they engage in these thoughtful strategies to learn from practice. The Pepperdine University Conference of Action Research is held yearly in spring. If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Riel for an invitation.

Action Research Tutorials

The Center offers a set of twelve tutorials for learning how to do action research (interact tab provides more details). Each tutorial starts with a brief video introduction and then has a set of activities and resources to support them. There is also a workbook of templates for the set of activities that can be printed and distributed to students.These are offered to support your teaching or learning of action research and can be shared without cost or need for permission.

International Handbook on Action Reearch

Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research (2017) Lonnie Rowell, Cathy Bruce, Joseph Shosh, Margaret Riel, Eds. And some resources for the handbook

Action Research Websites and Journals

(updated Sep, 2017)

Action Research Network of the Americas - ARNA

Action Research for School Counselors

Action Research SIG - AERA

Action Research - CCAR Interact (for sharing teaching strategies)

Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA)

Action Research at Brown University

Action Research at Queen's University in Canada

Action Research For Professonal Development

Action Research & Action Learning in Communities and Organizations- Australia

Center for Collaborative Action Research Free Action Research Tutorials

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)

The Drawn to Science

Allan Feldman's Action Research Paper Portfolio

Educating as Inquiry - A Teacher Action Research Site

Educational Action Research Journal

i. e.: Inquiry in Education - An online peer review journal on practitioner research

Living Educational Theory Approach to Action Research

Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research

Moravian Repositiory of Action Research Reports

Teacher & Action Research - George Mason University


Some of many Action Research Books


Action Research for Business, Nonprofit, and Public Administration: A Tool for Complex Times 
E. Alana James, Tracesea Slater & Alan Bucknam


Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization 
David Coghlan & Teresa Brannick


Action Research in Education (BERA/SAGE Research Methods in Education) 
Mary McAteer


All You Need to Know About Action Research 
Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead


Doing and Writing Action Research 
Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead


Action Research: Principles and practice 
Jean McNiff


You and Your Action Research Project 
Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead


Action Research Plus Video-Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package (5th Edition) 
Geoffrey E. Mills


Action Research 
Ernest T. Stringer


The SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research 
Susan E. Noffke


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