Activity 2

Practitioner or Action Research?

One of the main criticisms of the concept of ‘action research' relates to its implication that teachers can only conduct classroom research if they have a particular problem to solve. On the contrary, it could be that a teacher simply wants to use research in order to develop a broader understanding of practice.

These days, for this reason, the term ‘practitioner research' is more frequently used than 'action research'. Practitioner research can be quite broadly defined as a way of using the research process to develop the quality of professional practice.

Such activity would typically involve asking an educational question to which the answer is not known, planning how to find out and then reporting what has been discovered.