Action research refers to the procedure used by practitioners in the finding solutions through various steps of solving problems with an aim of addressing issues and improving practices. This procedure involves activity, as opposed to theoretical methods. It is also referred to as participatory research, cooperative enquiry or community based research.
Traditional research, on the other hand, refers to qualitative display of research where research results are presented in the form of statistical data. It makes use of a randomly selected larger study population that makes a sample representation of the entire population. Qualitative research is better than quantitative research in terms of provision of contextual information rather than just figures. However, these two research methods are efficient in different ways as they are employed in different situations.
During the process of action research, careful observations and collection of data which enable researchers to make decisions that are effective in their area of expertise. For instance, in cases where the research is based on a classroom performance, a teacher may focus on the methods, intentions and expected outcomes of his or her classroom. Action research mainly deals with precise issues that a practitioner is accustomed to, like issues with schooling, or work colleagues. ...Show more