Action research focuses on creating meaningful and authentic change for those involved, whether in a classroom or community. This action research study examined the perceptions and potential benefits of action research coursework within a doctoral program. Participants were a cohort of doctoral students (n=7) that participated in a graduate level action research course. Students in this study experienced shifts in their identities as researchers, knowledge of the methodology, and their perception of the function and value of action research. The authors argue that action research is a viable course option in doctoral programs and the research skills supported through the course and the completion of an independent research project expand research knowledge and prepare doctoral students for dissertation research across a variety of methodologies.
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Vaughan, Michelle 5427231; Boerum, Christopher; and Whitehead, Linda S.
"Action Research in Doctoral Coursework: Perceptions of Independent Research Experiences,"
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.20429/ijsotl.2019.130106