I also believe that Action Research is the most suitable instrument for your project. In order to start your research, McNiff and Whitehead (2006) suggest that you engage in fact-finding by using “How do I ….?” questions, which usually lead to “What is happening here?” questions. The table below shows a clear example of these questions.
It is important to highlight that McNiff and Whitehead (2006) encourage researchers to go beyond questioning and engage into action if they want to change their real world. In order to do that, you will need action plan. McNiff and Whitehead (2006, p.91) suggest a set of points that can not only help you understand what action research involves, but also be transformed into questions to act as your action plan:
- We review our current practice,
- identify an aspect that we want to investigate,
- imagine a way forward,
- try it out, and
- take stock of what happens.
- We modify what we are doing in the light of what we have found, and continue working in this newway (try another option if the new way is not right),
- monitor what we do,
- review and evaluate the modified action,
- evaluate the validity of the account of learning, and
- develop new practices in the light of the evaluation.
- What is my concern?
- Why am I concerned?
- What kinds of experience can I describe to show why I am concerned?
- What can I do about it?
- What will I do about it?
- What kind of data will I gather to show the situation as it unfolds?
- How will I explain my educational influences in learning?
- How will I ensure that any conclusions I reach are reasonably fair and accurate?
- How will I evaluate the validity of the evidence-based account of my learning?
- How will I modify my concerns, ideas and practice in the light of my evaluations?
This is a generic action plan that can help you start your investigation. You can modify it to suit your own context and circumstances.
I hope this helps!
Reference: McNiff, J. & Whitehead, J. (2006). All You Need To Know About Action Research: an introduction. London: Sage.