#SOLSC22: 11

Action Research

brings to mind Cornelius Minor and We Got This,

Sara Ahmed and Being the Change,

or Ellin Keene and her work with Heinemann Fellows.

Basic Steps to Action Research often include:

Brainstorming Issues

Identify a question

Research possible solutions

Collect data

Analyze data

Take action

Report Results

We’ve reported on action research at conferences or in our blogs.

A reading specialist who follows this model and works with teachers is

Sally Donnelly, who is also a slicer here.

Thank you, Sally, for being an avid action researcher!

Have you conducted action research? How did it go?


Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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7 responses

  1. I learned about action research when I was a grad student at TC. Doing a year-long action research project changed me as a teacher. (Also, that project was the springboard for CRAFT MOVES.) I’m ever grateful to my professors and instructors who guided me on that journey.

    1. It pushes learning, teaching and results. Makes so MUCH sense!

  2. Here it is! Yes, my Ph.D. (all but dissertation) had a focus on action research. I think it should be an aspect of every teaching degree. It develops an inquiry approach – it values process and a stance toward lifelong learning.

    1. It’s some of the best professional learning with choice, voice and deep study! It would also be great for continued teacher licensure!

  3. Fran, I am late to reading this lovely thank you to me. Today I had time and wanted to see ALL the people you have thanked which I feel is a lovely structure and craft move to use this year. And on the 11th (my favorite number because it is my birthday number) YOU thanked me and spotlighted my true love – teacher research!! Thank you for this. Currently I am researching my own journey of guiding cohorts of teachers in my county and I’m adding Clare, Stacey, and your comments as added data for WHY this is an important PD. I hope someday soon I can meet up with you in person to chat. Thank you for thanking me!!

    1. You are so welcome! Teacher research should be a MAJOR strand at NCTE. So much to be learned from classroom research from teachers and students.
      Cannot wait for a f2f coffee, bookstore stroll, or PD session meet up!

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