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In Writing and Doing Action Research, Jean McNiff provides a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the practical aspects of writing and doing action research.
Written for practitioners involved in higher degree courses and professional development programmes, and students undertaking methods courses, this book includes guidance on how to:
Carry out an action research project in your setting
Present your findings in a dissertation, report or thesis
Write up your research with an eye to informing policy
Demonstrate the quality of your research and writing
Be critical and write theoretically
Write for journals and prepare thesis and book proposals
The book contains excerpts taken from action research projects in a range of settings and presents exercises to help you develop successful written accounts of your research.
Writing and Doing Action Research is an essential text for anyone working with action research, providing vital guidance on the preparation and production of texts, how this type of work is assessed and enabling you to get the best results from your research.
Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers' University, People's Republic of China. Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research. Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all. Visit Jean at www.jeanmcniff.com, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction What is written in an action research text? What do you need to know about action research in order to write it? What do you need to know to write action research? Why do you need to know it? What do you write in an action research text? What is the form of an action research text? Becoming a writer: researching writing practices Becoming a writer Writing a good quality text Planning for the production of texts Writing an action research text Writing proposals Masters and doctoral dissertations and theses How will the quality of your action research dissertation/thesis be judged? Writing for publication Writing for academic and professional journals Writing your first academic book The significance of your text The significance of your action research text Some implications - where next?