Application and transformation of action research in educational research and practice

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This paper examines research and theory in the area Kurt Lewin called action research. Action research is collaborative, driven by a partnership between theorist/researchers and practitioners. It focuses on both theoretical and practical implications of issues. When viewed in the context of other work by Lewin, action research is seen as focusing on the social context of behaviors and on the dynamics of situations in which behaviors occur. Action research provides a versatile, potentially powerful approach for use in applied research on groups and group settings. Principles of action research, a tracing of the development of action research, and variations of action research approaches that have emerged in education are presented. Finally, two ongoing studies that exemplify action research are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-101
Number of pages17
JournalSystems Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1996


  • Action research
  • Educational practice
  • Educational research


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