Literature review on the use of action research in higher education

Gibbs, Paul ORCID:, Cartney, Patricia, Wilkinson, Kate, Parkinson, John, Cunningham, Sheila, James-Reynolds, Carl ORCID:, Zoubir, Tarek, Brown, Venetia, Barter, Phil, Sumner, Pauline, MacDonald, Angus, Dayananda, Asanka and Pitt, Alexandra (2017) Literature review on the use of action research in higher education. Education Action Research, 25 (1) . pp. 3-22. ISSN 0965-0792 [Article] (doi:10.1080/09650792.2015.1124046)

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This literature review considers the use of action research in higher education. It specifically looks at two areas of higher education activity. The first concerns academic teaching practice and includes a discussion of research and pedagogy practice, and staff development. The second considers student engagement. In both these core features of higher education, action research has proved to be a central approach to the investigation, reflection and improvement of practice. Each of these main foci includes a discussion of the limitations of the literature. The review illustrates the extent and range of uses to have benefited from an action research approach.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): higher education; action research, literature review; reflective practice
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 18490
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Education Action Research on 04/01/2016, available online:
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Depositing User: Paul Gibbs
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 10:46
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 10:12

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