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Action research can be used as a tool to collect data for project or dissertation work. Here are two diagrams which help to explain the process. These can be adapted to use in a research methods type class.
THE ACTION RESEARCH CYCLE
There are four basic steps in the action research cycle:-Plan, act, observe/collect, reflect/review.
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Abstract: The purpose of this Action Research is to find out the effectiveness of using narrative films and rich texts to help pupils write better narratives with realistic settings and engaging characters. The pupils are introduced to the language of narrative films such as scenes and camera shots in order to make them see the relationship between narrative films and its equivalent narrative texts. Since ‘characters are what drive a storyline along’ (Pearson, All about EL, Sec 2), the focus of the research is to evaluate the use of indirect characterisation – appearance, actions, speech, impact on others and background information - as a way to show rather tell what a character in a story is like.