2.1 Using the research cycle

The action research cycle diagram is very much a simplification of the nature of much practitioner research and in reality it is likely that your research will involve more than one iteration of the cycle.

So, the first stage in your practitoner research could involve identifying the issue or understanding what really happens in your practice. Without this any change to practice might be unnecessary or wrongly focussed.

Making a change to practice might mean altering how you support individual students or even making changes to teaching at module or programme level.

Finally, in order to see whether any change in practice has had an effect, it is necessary to evaluate that change.

An example, again very simplified, of how a practitioner research project might be structured can be seen here (click on image for larger version):

Cycles of Action Research

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