Summative Assessment: Planning Action Research

Part 1: Comparison Paper Write a minimum 700 to 900 word paper comparing the similarities and differences between action research and traditional (qualitative and quantitative) research. 

Complete the following in your paper: 

  • Define both action research and traditional research. 
  • Explain the role of ethics in research. 
  • Detail the process used for both action research and traditional research. 
  • Describe the appropriate uses for both action research and traditional research. 
  • Explain the purpose of action research and how it supports educational change. 
  • Cite at least 3 journal articles in your paper.  
  • Note: Read the post by the instructor in the Course Resources section on the 4 types of action research that are the focus of this course. 
  • Identify the 4 types of action research and provide one example of each. 


The course textbook by Hendricks (2017) provides detailed information regarding several types of action research. This class will focus on the following four types of action research: 

 a) Collaborative – multiple researchers from school and university settings work together to study educational problems. 

 b) Critical (also know as emancipatory action research)– encourages wide collaboration among a variety of educational stakeholders that evaluates social issues so that results can be used for social change.

 c) Classroom – conducted by teachers in their classrooms with the purpose of improving practice. 

 d) Participatory – a social, collaborative approach that investigates reality so that it can be changed. 

 Reference Hendricks, C. (2017). Improving schools through action research: A reflective practice approach (4th ed.). Pearson.

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