Action Research is defined as any systematic inquiry conducted by teachers, administrators, counselors, or others with a vested interest in the teaching and learning process or environment for the purpose of gathering information about how their particular schools operate, how they teach, and how their students learn. (Mills, 2007)
Generally action research is research that is done by teacher for teachers.
Action Research References
In Education there are three types of journals.
1. Popular - not refereed or peer reviewed. Lots of advertisements. Colorful. No References at the end of articles.
2. Practitioner - Refereed. Few advertisements. Colorful. Medium length articles. References at the end of the articles. Applied research. Often published by a professional association. Audience is the teacher or Administrator in the schools and classroom.
3. Research - Refereed. No advertisements. Long articles with extensive references. Research based. Often published by a professional association. Audience is other researchers or academics and teachers or administrators.
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