3. Your Inquiry Question - Overview
Your Path of Inquiry...
All research is a process of understanding how events relate to one another. The events can be microscopic processes within a single cell, or they can be patterns across the universe. Action research takes place at the social level. The events explored are between and among people, in places, and through community and cultural practices. In action research, one studies activity systems around complex problems and tries to understand the effect of intentional efforts to influence change. And not just any change, but change that aims to move things forward to a better alignment with the shared values of the participants.
Finding your problem, question, or topic of investigation means looking for the overarching question that will guide you. Your inquiry question is often in the form of "How do I improve the way I do...." This tutorial will help you find that overall question or the topic of your action research inquiry. Once you have your overarching question, you will be framing a potential answer to this question in your first cycle. This tutorial will help you frame the overriding question or topic. Please see Tutorial 6 for framing your first cycle question which will be your first guess at how to answer the question you pose in this tutorial.
Tutorial 3: Video: Finding Your Research Inquiry Question
To get started with your action research, you might want to engage in a number of activities that we will explore in this video. Problem-finding is a skill that one develops over time. Being able to see what needs to be changed is not always apparent to everyone. Action Researchers develop an ability to observe a situation and see challenges where others are content to do things the same way as they have done in the past. Action researchers come to see problems in a positive way as opportunities to acquire a deeper understanding and improve one's practice.
Tutorial 3: Activities
A. Values Search
B. Core Values
C. Your Challenge
D. Writing the Introduction to your Action Research Project
Tutorial 3: Resources
A. Examine Values Vs. Practice & Community
B. Action Research Reports at CCAR
C. Strategies and Tools for Planning Action Research
D. Critical Teaching Questions that might suggest areas for Action Research