Action Research

Module codes: ED7138, ED7139

Module co-ordinator: Dr Phil Wood

Action Research offers an approach to changing practice as part of a cycle of change. In this module, you will consider the basis for change in educational settings and develop an understanding of the wider research context of action research. You will clarify your personal professional challenge and develop research questions that might help you address it, identifying actions that you and/or your colleagues can take to address the challenge. You will also learn how to collect evidence that will help you evaluate the actions, and how to disseminate your findings and develop next steps.

In addition to learning about the action research approach, you will be encouraged to draw on published work to inform your understanding of the problem and possible solutions. There will be opportunities for discussing your projects, in particular focussing on the current challenges and possible solutions in contemporary schooling. 


  • Online support through active use of Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment
  • Personal tutor
  • Self-directed study


The module will be assessed by:

  • Portfolio
  • Online poster
  • Oral presentation
  • Research report