Work-Based Action Research
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Overall aims and purpose
Lewin (1946) described action research as the process of doing research and taking action at the same time. He argued that it used a "a spiral of steps, each of which is composed of a circle of planning, action and fact-finding about the result of the action". This module will provide you with a practical understanding of how to engage in action research in the workplace. You will be introduced to the models of action research and guided on the ways that you can apply this approach within your own professional organisation.
A lecture seres will guide you through the main concepts within the field of action research, including the ethics, limitations, and practical requirements.
Small group seminars will provide a forum for you to explore your understanding of action research and begin applying the skills in practice.
Assessments will enable you to complete a small independent action research project within your own organisation followed by a presentation explaining the findings of the project.
A* to A- • Insightful awareness into how to design and implement an action research project • Comprehensive knowledge of action research • Detailed understanding with no factual errors • Critical analysis showing evaluation and synthesis of ideas • Originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Extensive independent research • Logically defended arguments with evidence for all claims • Highly focused and well structured • Excellent presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Correct format in appropriate referencing style
C+ to C- • Limited insight into how to design and implement an action research project • Some knowledge of action research • Understanding of the main concepts, but with factual errors in non-core concepts • Limited analysis showing only obvious points of evaluation and links between ideas • Highly limited originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Highly limited evidence of independent research • Arguments presented but lack coherence with evidence for only some claims • Focused but with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure • Acceptable presentation with appropriate expression • Attempt at correct format in appropriate referencing style
B+ to B- • Some insight into how to design and implement an action research project • Strong knowledge of action research • Clear understanding and mostly free of factual errors • Some analysis showing critical evaluation and links between ideas • Some originality in approach, interpretation, and/or voice • Some independent research • Coherent arguments with evidence for most claims • Focused and well structured • Good presentation with accurate and appropriate expression • Mostly correct format in appropriate referencing style
Hold an evidence-informed and comprehensive knowledge of models of work-based inquiry.
Critically evaluate the risks and ethical implications associated with work-based action research.
Run a work-based research project and critical interpret data to draw conclusions for organisational and system improvement.
|REPORT||Action research project||
Independent action research project within your own organisation
|INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION||Action research presentation||
Presentation explaining the findings of the independent action research project within your own organisation
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Ten 1hr lectures covering the core subject content. Some lectures may be delivered pre-recorded with scheduled access to lecturers for questions live on-campus or online. Other lectures may be delivered live on-campus or online.
79hrs of independent study to complete associated readings and produce assessments
1hr weekly seminars for 11 weeks. Seminars may be delivered live on-campus or online.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence
- Carry out empirical studies by operationalizing research questions, generating hypotheses, collecting data using a variety of methods, analysing data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods, and present and evaluate research findings.
- Use a range of statistical methods
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures relating to research in the health sector.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the applications and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
Resource implications for students
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ila-4003.html
Costley, C., Elliott, G. C., & Gibbs, P. (2010). Doing work based research: Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. Sage. Reason, P., & Bradbury, H. (2007). The SAGE handbook of action research: Participative inquiry and practice. Sage.