Getting Started with Action Research

Delivery mode face-to-face
Course length 10 hours (one full-day and one half-day)
Level all teachers and education leaders

About the course

This course introduces you to action action research methods using activities co-developed with staff members from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Action research is one method of self-directed professional growth recommended by ACS International Schools for teachers and education leaders who are in the professional growth phase of the professional effectiveness cycle.  This course provides an introduction to the steps of the action research process and requires you to design an action research project, which you may later carry out as part of your professional growth and development.

The course uses flipped learning, which involves pre-session readings and tasks.  The first full-day face-to-face session is followed by an inter-sessional task, which is shared and discussed during the second, half-day, face-to-face session.

The focus of action research is the structured exploration of practival problems arising in your professional practice.  This involves identifying a challenge you need to adress to make your students better learners or improve teachers’ effectiveness.  It involves the use of a range of data collection methods, data processing and analysis, and discussions of actionable recommendations that may enhance your personal practice and provide insight for others’.


Key features

  • Templates and reflection guides that you can use to structure your professional inquiry, and plan and manage your professional growth
  • Practical research skills that you can incorporate into your own teaching of research methods
  • Professional collaboration skills for peer-to-peer conversations