Many practice-based researchers have expert knowledge of doing research but often experience difficulties when writing it up and communicating the significance of what they have done. This book aims to help bridge the gap. Packed with practical advice and strong theoretical resources it takes you through the basics of designing and producing your text so that it will meet established standards and high quality assurance expectations.
Divided into 3 distinctive parts, key points include:
understanding writing practices
engaging with the literatures
how to write up a project report or dissertation
how writing is judged in terms of professional and academic writing practices
developing ideas for further study and publication
Writing up Your Action Research Project is an essential text for practitioners on professional education and undergraduate courses across disciplines who want their writing to reflect the excellence of their research. It is the ideal companion to the author's You and Your Action Research Project, now in its fourth edition.
Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She also holds visiting professorial positions at Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers University, People's Republic of China, and Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway. She has written widely on action research in education. Jean also offers writing workshops and support on doing and writing practice-based research across disciplines and professions. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and through her website at www.jeanmcniff.com.
Introduction 1. Prologue: What do I need to know about action research? Why do I need to know it? Part I: Designing and Planning Your Text 2. Getting ready to write: designing and planning 3. What goes into your text? How do you communicate with your reader? 4. Developing communicative competence: writing for a reader Part II: Writing and Producing a Text 5. Learning to be a writer: engaging with the literatures 6. Learning to produce a text: the writing process 7. How do I write an action research report or masters dissertation? Part III: Reflecting and Evaluating 8. How is the quality of an action research text judged? 9. The significance of your writing 1.0 Where now? References