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Action Research for Teachers' Professional Development

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Sehrish F. Kazim

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By Sehrish F. Kazim Action Research for Teachers Development Qualitative Research Design Timeline of the Study Qualitative research is multi-method in focus, involving an interpretative, naturalistic approach to its subject. This means that qualitative researchers study things in their natural settings, attempting to make sense of, or interpret, phenomenon in terms of the meanings people bring to them. (Richards 2003:11) Action Research aims to "understand some aspects of professional development as a means of bringing about improvement". (Keith 2003:24)

It is "a form of self-reflective inquiry carried out by practitioners, aimed at solving problems, improving practices, or enhancing understanding". (Nunan 1992:229) Action Research Action Research Cyclic Process Data collected through various sources enables the researcher/practitioner to avoid one-sided view which increases the reliability and validity of the research. Following are some data collection tools:
1. Observation
2. Field Notes
3. Reflective Journals
4. Assessment/feedback sheets
5. Structured/semi-structured interviews
6. Discussions Data Collection Tools 1. Pre-intervention Stage
2. Intervention Stage
3. Post-intervention Stage Analysis and Interpretation of the Study Hitchcock and Hughes(1997) outline the process of analyzing qualitative data to arrive at finding in the following manner:

1. Moving from a description of what happened to an understanding of why
2. An interpretation of issues arising from natural language
3. The discovery of patterns in data
4. looking for general orientations, themes and exceptions References Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, S. 1994. Handbook of Qualitative Research. Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage. In Richards, K. 2003. Qualitative inquiry in TESOL. New York:Palgrave Macmillan.

Nunan, D.1992. Research methods in language learning. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press.

Richards, K.2003. Qualitative inquiry in TESOL. New York:Palgrave Macmillan.

Hitchcock, G., Hughes, D. (1997 2nd ed.). Research and the teacher. London and New York:Routledge Objectives/Purpose 1. to gain an understanding of underlying reasons or motivations
2. to provide insights into the setting of a problem and to generate ideas
3. to uncover prevalent trends in thought and opinion
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