To move to the next step, practitioner-researchers then develop a focus for their project. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. A simple process can include addressing the following questions:
Here is an example of a worksheet for developing a focus.
Worksheet: Developing Specific Research Questions2
2Adapted and modified by Social Publishers Foundation (2016) from E. Polush’s unpublished materials.
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If this is the first time you plan to conduct practitioner-research, participatory research, or action research, there are many references available for you. A few titles are listed below.
Dana, N. F., & Yondol-Hoppey, D. (2014). The reflective educator’s guide to classroom research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Greenwood, D. J., & Levin, M. (2007). Introduction to action research: Social Research for social change (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kapoor, D., & Jordan, S. (Eds). (2009). Education, participatory action research, and social change: International perspectives. New York: Palgrave McMillan.
Koshy, V. (2010). Action research for improving educational practice: A step-by-step guide (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Mertler, C. A. (2014). Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators. Los Angeles: Sage.
Pine, G. J. (2009). Teacher action research: Building knowledge democracies. Los Angeles: Sage.
Rowell, L. L., Bruce, C. D., Shosh, J. M., & Riel, M. M. (Eds.). (2017). Palgrave international handbook of action research. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shagoury, R., & Power, B. (2012). Living the questions: A guide for teacher-researchers (2nd ed.). Portland, ME: Stenhouse.
Stringer, E., & Dwyer, R. (2005). Action research in human services. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.