Action Research

What is it?

This has been a tricky one to try an understand as many people define action research in many different ways. My understanding is a that action research is a type of research usually conducted by a group or an individual with a common goal, the aim of the research is mostly beneficial to the researcher/s to solve or gain knowledge of a problem.

“is a disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action. The primary reason for engaging in action research is to assist the “actor” in improving and/or refining his or her actions.”

 

What kinds of questions/problems might it be useful for?

I can imagine this kind of research would be very useful in any workplace where the environment is subject to change. I think this kind of research is best used for when a solution is needed to a problem quickly.

 

How could it be used in IT research?

I think the action research approach could be used in the security part of networking. Let’s pretend we have a small network about 100 computers, that several members of the IT department are responsible for. Now the IT department keeps getting calls with from the users with similar problems than they haven’t seen before. The employees of the IT department could use this form of research to help solve the problem they are having.

 

What are the strengths of the approach?

One strength of using this approach is that I would think you get a result fast compared to other methods. This is because the people involved with the research are also the people who usually benefit from the result.

 

What are the weaknesses of the approach?

The one thing I can think of that could be a weakness of action research is the people’s bias my influence the research they are conducting.

 

References:

Chapter 1. What Is Action Research? (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2016, from http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/100047/chapters/What-Is-Action-Research¢.aspx

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