‘Action Research is a method of systematic enquiry that teachers undertake as researchers of their own practice. The enquiry involved in Action Research is often visualised as a cyclical process, two examples of which are shown below.

The start of the process is usually an issue or situation that, as a teacher, you want to change. You will be supported in turning this ‘interesting problem’ into a ‘re-searchable question’ and then developing actions to try out. You will draw on the findings of other researchers to help develop actions and interpret the consequences.’ (University of Bristol, 2019).


Altrichter, H., Posch, P. and Somekh, B. (1993) Teachers Investigate Their Work: An introduction to the methods of action research (Routledge: London).
Altrichter, H., Posch, P. and Somekh, B. (2007, 2nd edition) Teachers Investigate Their Work: An introduction to action research across the professions (Routledge: London).

University of Bristol (2019), School of Education [Online]. Available at http://www.bris.ac.uk/education/study/continuing-professional-development-cpd/actionresearch/ (Accessed 5 February 2020).

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