Exploring How Social Media Can Enhance the Teaching of Action Research

Fiona Carroll, Alyson Jenkins, Clare Woodward, Rita Kop, Emrys Jenkins

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Action research has an extensive history of being used to improve teaching and learning in many different professional settings e.g. schools, colleges, universities health and social care services. Educational action research embodies a process that necessitates honesty and openness and which lends itself to the betterment of one's practice; in the current e-learning climate, where education is rapidly changing and the role and practice of the educator is evolving yet uncertain, action research has never been more valuable. This paper explores and presents how social media have been used to enhance the teaching of action research and also how students gained an understanding, appreciation and an evolving experience of action research. Exploring the intricate relationships between action research, new technologies and the learning that took place during an Understanding Action Research module, this paper is written from the perspective that the module team was interested in ensuring that students acquired a fully rounded understanding of action research in order to utilise it in the improvement of their own practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 19
Number of pages18
JournalAction Research
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2011


  • action research
  • social media
  • learning
  • teaching
  • web technologies
  • education


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