Information on the Phases
In beginning of an action research project, it is important to consider if the question being researched will make a difference; if the teacher/school/district will have influence over it; and if it is worth the time and effort put into the research. Identifying a problem or issue should be done mindfully and without haste.
Gathering data for the project can be done utilizing multimedia. Tools such as videos, recordings, portfolios, case studies and photos can all be collected and organized as evidence of research. Organization can be done in multiple levels or themes such as, gender, class, school, etc.
When analyzing the data it is important to realize that some data may be quantifiable, but other data will not be. This data can be presented by theme or other factors of importance.
After analyzing/review the data researched as well as the current literature, create a plan of action. The plan should allow for changes, which should only be made singularly, and time to study the changes.
Finally, reflection on the process of research and the outcome of the action made will give educators the opportunity to discern what steps might be needed as next steps.