A good action research question:
- Gets at explanations, reasons, or relationships
- Is manageable and can be completed
- Is embedded in your own practice
- Provides an opportunity to stretch and learn
- Provides a deeper understanding of the topic and is meaningful to you
If you are a teacher ask yourself the following when forming an action research question:
- What do my students need me to do to improve teaching and learning?
- What would I like to do to improve teaching and learning in my classroom?
- What concerns do parents have about student development or achievement?
- What concerns do my colleagues have about student development or achievement?
If you are an school administrator, you may ask yourself different questions about your practice:
- What do I need to do to better serve the needs of staff members, or prospective or current parents?
- What do I need to do to improve the quality or efficiency of the business systems I use?
- What do I need to do to improve the cost effectiveness of the operations I contribute to?
All these questions help you define the problem of practice that lies at the heart of the research question.