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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Action Research: A Model and Examples

John Peters.

This paper describes the author's model of action research and its application in practice. Called DATA-DATA, the model is a blend of reflective practice processes and formal research methodologies. The acronym represents eight cyclical phases of creating and conducting an action research project. In the first DATA, the practitioner-researcher Describes the context of his or her practice, Analyzes their assumptions about their situation, Theorizes a possible approach to changing the practice, and Acts to formally study it. In the second DATA, the practitioner-researcher Designs and conducts the study and Analyzes results. The original Theory is then examined in light of these results, possible new Actions are identified, and the cycle begins anew. Examples of the model's use are discussed in terms of more than a dozen action research projects completed or underway, in such areas as business, government, community, higher education and the law.


John Peters  (United States)
Professor, Educational Psychology and Counseling
Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
University of Tennessee

John Peters is Professor and Director, Doctoral Program in Collaborative Learning. Formerly professor at North Carolina State University, Cornell University, University of British Columbia. Visiting Professor of RMIT University, Australia.

  • Action research
  • Collaborative learning

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)