Action research
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The purpose of the workshop is to enable participants to carry out an educational enquiry into improving practice through understanding the fundamental principles of action research. The enquiries will be located within the processes of setting goals, identifying strategies to meet those goals and tracking which strategies are working for participants and adjusting accordingly. Within the enquiries there will be a focus on action planning, on evaluating the educational influence of the actions on their own, their students’ and their colleagues’ learning and on the importance of sharing evidence-based explanations of learning.

Workshop description

The workshop will begin with an exploration of the participants’ contextual understandings of the opportunities and constraints on their enquiries into improving their practice with such questions as 'How do I improve what I am doing?'  

Living educational theories are the explanations produced by participants to explain their educational influences in their own learning in the learning of others and in the learning of the social formation of the school. The workshop will include details of the free access to all the resources available from.


  • Branko Bognar (2013) Initiating teachers’ action research: Empowering teachers’ voices. Educational Journal of Living Theories, 6(1); 1-39.
  • Sanja Vidović & Verica Kuharić Bučević (2013) The enhancement of creativity in Technical Education. Educational Journal of Living Theories, 6(1); 57-85
  • Joy Mounter (2008) Can children carry out action research about learning, creating their own learning theory? MA unit on Understanding Learners and Learning at the University of Bath. Retrieved 26 September 201 from the action research website.

You can access the Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS).

About Jack Whitehead

Jack Whitehead is an Adjunct Professor at Liverpool Hope University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria. His main professional achievements are in the field of living theory and action research to improve learning and generate knowledge. He is a former president of the British Educational Research Association and Distinguished Scholar in Resident at Westminster College, Utah. He is a Visiting Professor at Ningxia Teachers University in China. The resources on his website are freely available and are being used all over the world by practitioner-researchers in improving their practice and in creating their own living educational theories. 


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