Action research is defined by O'Leary (2007) as
"Research strategies that tackle real-world problems in participatory, collaborative, and cyclical ways in order to produce both knowledge and action."
It refers to a type of research methodology which works toward a kind of change (whether social or professional). Because its goals are oriented toward change rather than knowledge-gathering alone, active research studies are often based in everyday issues, and concern themselves with the creation of practical solutions to these problems.
Elements of action research studies include:
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Below, a few tools and online guides that can help you start your action research project are listed. These include free online resources and resources available only through ISU Library.