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Why should I do Action Research for my Dissertation?

| February 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Action Research is one way of putting the theories you have learned during the taught course of your Master’s degree into practice. You can use your time at work to do the research which you can write up as your dissertation. This means that you have hands on experience of practical research rather than just spend your time poring over books which you need to do if your research is mainly theoretical.

When you go back to your job in your own country you will have the chance to see if you can put new ideas into practice and if they fail you can suggest ways for making them work in future or giving an explanation for their failure, as well as adding to the international body of evidence in your chosen field.

For example new ideas may not initially work because generally people fear and so resist change, although if you were to persevere change might be accomplished after the time span for your research. It could be that some theories cannot work in practice in your particular workplace because of its culture, or because of the culture of your country and the general attitudes prevalent in your workplace.

Action research is relatively new and so whatever you do has to be put into a context which is less wide than other traditional research, so there will be fewer books to read in the field. This gives you time to develop your own ideas and theories rather than having to spend time refuting or concurring with the ideas and theories of others.

Your research will be unique because of your situation and the people you are working with and perhaps researching. This means that you will find journals will accept your articles because they add to the academic work in what may be a new or developing field. This will improve your status in the academic world where research is valued highly and give you an edge over the competition when it comes to applying for jobs in the future.

It is demanding, but on completion you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have done something new and perhaps very valuable in your field.

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