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Action research

What is action research?

It’s research springs from a state of mind: “By systematically studying my practice I can continuously improve and potentially inform others.” This graphic summarizes the research cycle nicely:

Graphic shows the reflect-plan-act-observe cycle.


Put another way, this type of research involves educators examining what works in their classrooms, and what could be improved. They collect data, interview students and other stakeholders, and examine these results using a rigorous research framework. They then use those results to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes for their students.

You should consider doing this type of research because it:

  • Powers professional growth
  • Makes change manageable
  • Promotes collaboration
  • Produces shareable knowledge
  • Drives systemic change

Here are some resources to get you started on best action research practices:

Sharing your results


VT’s Middle Grades Conference @ UVM

For some good examples, check out some presentations from the annual Middle Grades Conference, held at the University of Vermont each January.


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