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Action Research

Action Research and Social Software: An Approach for Adopting Technology in Schools: “It is difficult for innovators to stand idly by and watch others not get it. It is equally difficult to imagine educators acting complacent in a world changing at such an accelerated pace. So what can we offer educators as a way to get them to try something different, to take on an inquiring stance?”
I’ve encountered action research on several occasions. One of the main assumptions of action research is that we are all researchers in our daily tasks and activities – i.e. the stereotype of lab coat and clipboard gives way to the active practitioner. It’s an inviting concept, and one that deserves serious consideration – especially in the space of technology and learning. I believe we will get more valuable research from bloggers who are actively implementing and sharing their experiences than we will from formal research. Which is how it should be.