The Impact of Action Research

To mark the publication of the reports from the 2015 cohort of teachers on the Cambridge English-English Action Research scheme, I wrote a short piece about action research that reflects on the work of these teachers. It has not appeared on-line yet, so here is a link to it:

AR – not just about ‘results’

One of my key conclusions here is that the main impact of action research is not the results it generates but “the kinds of professional reinvigoration and attitudinal realignment that will stay with teachers long after the formal conclusion of any particular action research scheme”.

If you’ve done or supported action research it would be interesting to hear your views.

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2 Responses to The Impact of Action Research

  1. Mark Walker says:

    Hi Simon,
    I would certainly agree! I’ve been introduced to action research as part of the Dip TESOL, which I am in the middle of at the moment. There are 3 action research projects. My feeling for some time has been that the process invigorates and is much more valuable than the product or result.

    • Simon Borg says:

      Thanks Mark. Yes, I do not want to dismiss the value of results in action research, but for many teachers I have worked with what stays with them relates to the process – impacts such as attitudinal change – rather than specific findings. Glad you are finding AR beneficial too.

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