Action Research Journal

As an extension of my current focus for my doctoral research, I offer this page and it’s comments as a journey through concept development. Being done as partial completion for Argosy University, R7038 Action Research, Dr. Robin Throne.

The figure below displays three major forms of data collection that was adapted from Wolcott (1992).  This chart included here for dialog below.



Examining Documents And Other Sources

Experiencing Through Our Senses

Inquiring into the Experiences and Thoughts of Others

Examining Documents and Artifacts

Note taking Informal interview Personal-experience methods
Field notes Formal interview Student work
Shadow study Questionnaire Photographs
Anecdotal record Attitude scale Video
Log Checklist Audio
Diary/video diary Rating scale Recording
Journal Critical incident interview Technology
Checklist Sociogram Physical traces
Rating scale Projective technique
Creative visualization
Focus group interview
(p. 141

Holly, Arhar, & Kasten (2005)


Coghlan, D., & Brannick, T. (2005). Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization (2nd). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Holly, M.L., Arhar, J., & Kasten, W. (2005). Action Research for Teachers: Traveling the Yellow Brick Road (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Wolcott, H.F. (1992). Posturing in Qualitative Inquiry. In M.D. Le Compte, W.L. Millroy, & J. Preissle (eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education (pp.3-52). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

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