What do you perceive as (A) 3 benefits of action research and (B) 3 barriers for implementation?
According to the publication by the Department of Education Action Research in Schools, action research can be used in numerous ways that benefit and assist the learning process of students and teachers. The benefits of action research can include: 1) Action research is a means to improving student achievement through more effective teaching and administration of schools; 2) Engaging in action research influenced teachers’ thinking skills, sense of efficacy, willingness to communicate with colleagues, and attitudes toward professional development and the process of change; 3) Educators involved in action research became more flexible in their thinking, more open to new ideas, and more able to solve new problems. It is important to realize the benefits and purposes of action research, specifically in relation to the current professional demands and responsibilities.
The publication Action Research in Schools also states that it’s important to address potential barriers of successful implementation through preparation and planning. Examples of barriers that may impede on the facilitation of effective implementation of action research include: 1) Action research may be viewed as a tool for gaining support for one instructional practice over another; 2) Action research requires time to collaborate; 3) Individual teachers’ comfort levels with seeking outside support and assistance can be an obstacle to action research.
As I was reading this publication I kept thinking about how collaboration and action research work together. It seems that many of the benefits and concerns are similar to those of a collaborative service model. However, if SLPs feel comfortable with a collaborative service model, then action research should not be too difficult to implement with the right teachers and adequate support.