References and Links

Many good resources for conducting practitioner-research, participatory research, or action research, are available in books, journal articles, and on websites.  Whether a novice or experienced practitioner-researcher, these resources can be helpful. The lists below are not exhaustive but represent what the Foundation considers very good quality references.

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Caro-Bruce, C., Flessner, R., Klehr, M., & Zeichner, K. (Eds.). (2007). Creating equitable classrooms through action research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Dana, N. F., & Yondol-Hoppey, D. (2014). The reflective educator’s guide to classroom research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Gunnarsson, E., Hansen, H. P., Nielsen, B. S., & Sriskandarajah, N. (Eds.). (2016). Action research for democracy: New ideas and perspectives from Scandinavia. London: Routledge.

Hong, E., & Rowell, L. (2019). Challenging knowledge monopoly in education in the U.S. through democratizing knowledge production and dissemination. Educational Action Research, 27(1), 125-143.

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.

Mertler, C. A. (2019). The Wiley handbook of action research in education. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Pine, G. J. (2009). Teacher action research: Building knowledge democracies. Los Angeles: Sage.

Rebolledo, P., Smith, R. & Bullock, D. (2016). Champion Teachers: Stories of exploratory action research.

Riel, M. (2010-2019). Understanding Collaborative Action Research. Center for Collaborative Action Research, Pepperdine University CA, USA.

Rowell, L. L. (2019). Rigor in educational action research and the construction of knowledge democracies. In C. A. Mertler (Ed.) The Wiley handbook of action research in education (pp. 117-138). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rowell, L. L., Bruce, C. D., Shosh, J. M., & Riel, M. M. (Eds.). (2017). Palgrave international handbook of action research. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sagor, R., & Williams, C. (2017). The action research guidebook. Third Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Sagor, R. (2010). Collaborative action research for professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.



Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA).  The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) unites college and university students and faculty conducting practitioner inquiry into teaching and learning with fellow action researchers in public schools, private schools, community settings and workplaces throughout the Americas.

Center for Collaborative Action Research. (2019). Action research tutorial.

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).  The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) is committed to supporting and improving the quality of professional practice, through systematic, critical, and creative inquiry into the goals, processes and contexts of professional work.Dick, B. (2019). Action research and evaluation on line, an online action research course offered twice a year.

Engage for Equity. (An initiative of the University of New Mexico’s Center for Participatory Research; in particular, the Tools and Resources section of the website is helpful).

Knowledge Democracy Initiative (KDI) of ARNA. The KDI explores democratization of knowledge production and dissemination as a basis for inclusive and humanistic public discourse and policy-making. The website was created originally as a part of the organizing of the 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in 2017 and is now the platform for ARNA's Strategic Priority #1.

McNiff, J. (2002). Action Research for Professional Development (3d Ed.).

Smith, R., & Rebolledo, P. (2018). Handbook for Exploratory Action Research.  or online_aw.pdf

Wood, L., Morar, T., & Mostert, L. (2006). From rhetoric to reality: The role of Living Theory Action Research in transforming education.

YPAR Hub. One of the most useful resources for youth participatory action research (YPAR). The website provides resources for getting started, defining issues, investigating, and taking action. It is written in an engaging manner for youth, ages 13-18, and for adults supporting youth engaged with YPAR.

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