30 credits at level HE5
Action Inquiry is a process by which you can better understand your workplace by observing, developing and carrying out an action plan to effect change and improvement. It is a process that values qualitative rather than quantitative data and where the emphasis is on listening to, and researching with, colleagues. Action inquiry is particularly valuable for those seeking to improve their working practice. It will develop valuable workplace skills in ICT, communication, presentation, reflection and analysis. This module will help you understand what Action Inquiry involves, why it is valuable and where and when it is best used. It will equip you to carry out your own action inquiry project. The work you undertake in this project should link to learning activities from other modules on the Foundation Degree programme and should fall within the scope of the teaching assistants’ general role. Module content will be appropriate to your work setting and you will be supported by your tutors who will help you identify and use appropriate methodology in order to achieve the module outcomes. This support will include reference to appropriate literature and an introduction to carrying out an action inquiry project.
Primary and secondary research methods and sources; qualitative and quantitative data; action inquiry (methodology, benefits and limitations); literature searches; research ethics (the University of Bolton’s code of practice); validity and reliability in research; developing a research proposal; managing and conducting your research; analysing results; reporting the research; portfolio building and the preparation of electronic portfolios; on-line learning communities; evaluating the action inquiry undertaken; personal skills involved in managing the project (e.g., organisation and planning, self-management, time management).
A blended learning approach will be used. Students will attend formally taught sessions and also make use of learning materials on the VLE. Students will participate in the online learning community. Some resources required for the module will be work context specific and defined during the planning of the learning activities with the support of your tutor.
You will undertake an action inquiry project on a workplace issue agreed with your tutor and line manager. This project should be one which provides learning opportunities for you and is useful to your colleagues in the workplace. For your assessment you will report on the project and provide documentary evidence to show that you have met the outcomes of the module in a format negotiated with the tutor. The format will depend on the nature of the project undertaken but will be either video/audio and/or written format.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand what is meant by an action inquiry approach to research and learning and the benefits and limitations associated with this form of research.||1.1 explain what is meant by action inquiry and the benefits and limitations associated with this form of research.|
|2.||Have identified a workplace issue that can be investigated ethically using an action inquiry approach, negotiated a project idea suitable in size and academic level with your tutor and line manager at work, and produced an outline proposal for approval by your line manager and tutor.||
2.1 identify a workplace issue that can be tackled using an action inquiry approach and explain the issue to be investigated and its suitability.
2.2 negotiate the scope and scale of the project with your tutor and line manager; your tutor needs to ensure that the scope and scale is potentially suitable to meet the number and level of credits for the module.
2.3 produce an outline proposal for approval by your line manager and tutor.
|3.||Have produced an initial action inquiry plan giving details of the first stage of your research project, updated this plan as the research progresses and agree the initial plan and the updates with your line manager and tutor.||
3.1 prepare an initial action inquiry plan and agree it with your line manager and tutor
3.2 update the action inquiry plan as the research progresses and agree updates with your line manager and tutor
|4.||Have carried out ethically conducted research that meets the criteria of an action inquiry ensuring the research is in line with the number and level of credits attached to this module, analysed and reported the results of the research.||
4.1 conduct an action inquiry project (whose scope and complexity is commensurate with the amount and level of credits attached to this module - 30 credits at level HE5) in an ethical manner.
4.2 analyse the findings of your research at the relevant stages of the research process
4.3 report on the full project covering the following areas: the issue that was investigated, literature review, research process, methodology (including approach, ethics, methods, procedure), analysis and discussion of findings, implications for theory and practice and evaluation of the project.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Report on the project and provide documentary evidence to show that you have met the outcomes of the module in a format negotiated with the tutor. Equivalent to 4,500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Baumfield, V., Hall, E. & Wall, K. (2005) Action Research in the Classroom. London: Sage Publications.
Koshy, V. (2005) Action Research for Improving Practice: A Practical Guide. London: Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd.
McNiff, J. and Whitehead, J. (2005) Action Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide. London: David Fulton.
McNiff, J. & Whitehead, J. (2005) All You Need To Know About Action Research. London: Sage Publications.
McNiff, J., Loma, P. & Whitehead, J. (2002) You and Your Action Research Project. Abingden: Routledge
Reason, P. & Bradbury, H. (Ed) (2001) Handbook of Action Research: Concise Paperback Edition: Student Edition. London: Sage Publications.
Taylor, C., Wilkie, M. & Baser, J. (2006) Doing action Research: A Guide for School Support Staff. London: Paul Chapman Publishing
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