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Action research is relevant to our daily lives and engages practitioners in research to generate new knowledge and innovations to improve professional practices in a workplace setting.
In this assignment, you will begin drafting an action research proposal by identifying a problem (issue, concern, or need) in your professional practice/workplace setting and then composing a problem statement, purpose statement, and research question(s) to guide your literature review and the action research study. You also will create a reference section and update it as you move through the module assignments.
The final action research proposal will be 10 pages, not including the title, reference, and appendix pages. You will maintain one action research proposal in a Word document throughout the course and add sections as you progress through the module assignments.
Step 1. Review and Access
Review the Action Research Proposal Overview page. Access the Action Research Proposal Outline on the Learning Objects page. You will follow the Action Research Proposal Outline to compile your draft proposal in Module 4.
Use the overview page and outline to understand the overall research project, format for APA and the headings, and main points. Each element of the outline will be completed in the module assignments and used to develop the action research proposal.
Step 2. Identify a Problem
Consider a full range of problems, issues, concerns, and needs related to your professional practice/workplace setting. Identify one problem (issue, concern, or need) that is of interest to you and is appropriate to action research. The following are brainstorming starters to help you select a problem (issue, concern, or need):
I would like to improve ____.
I would like to change ____.
What might happen if I change ____?
In what ways can I improve ____?
Step 3. Gather Evidence
Gather evidence to support the selected problem (issue, concern, or need) including existing data, your own observations, and input from colleagues.
Step 4. Problem Statement
In a problem statement, clearly articulate the problem (issue, concern, or need) and a rationale explaining why it is a problem of professional practice including the background/context and the persons/groups impacted (do not use personally identifiable information [PII]). Begin with: The problem is…
Step 5. State the Purpose
Compose the purpose statement for the action research study based on the problem statement (Step 4) and a proposed best-practice problem solution or intervention strategy and its potential impact on the professional practice/workplace setting. Think: What proposed action might resolve the problem (issue, concern, need) related to the professional practice/workplace setting? Begin with: The purpose is…
Note: You will make your final selection for a problem solution or intervention strategy in Module 2 in concluding the literature review.
Step 6. Formulate and Introduce the Research Questions
In preparation for conducting the literature review and writing the proposal, compose three research questions to explore what the literature says about the problem (issue, concern, or need) and the evidence supporting your proposed best-practice problem solution or intervention. Each question should be narrowly focused and specific. Think: What questions should you ask as you complete the literature review to gather evidence? Finish these question starters and adapt them as needed to align to your study:
Research Question One: Will ____ improve ____?
Research Question Two: Why would ____ impact ____?
Research Question Three: How will ____ improve ____?
Write a minimum 3-sentence paragraph introducing the research questions. End with the statement: The following research questions will guide the literature review of the action research study: Then state the research questions.
See Table 1 on the Learning Objects page for examples of research questions.
Note: You will use the three questions to explore the literature, but the action research study and proposed implementation plan will rely only on research question three: How will ____ improve ____?
Step 7. Check Alignment
To check the alignment of the problem and purpose statements and the research questions, use the Table 1 template provided in APA format on the Learning Objects page or design your own three-column table as shown:
Table to check problem-purpose statement alignment
Research Question
[problem text]
[purpose text]
[research question(s)]
Complete the table. Do the three research elements align? Do they sound somewhat repetitive? If the answer to these two questions is “Yes!” then “Great work!” If the problem, purpose, and research question do not align, then revise them to achieve alignment. See the Learning Objects page for a Table 1 Example in APA format.
Step 8. Introduce
Using the identified problem, issue, concern, or need (Step 2) and the evidence (Step 3) you have gathered to support it, develop a 1- to 2-paragraph introduction for your action research proposal.
Step 9. Compile
Compile sections of the action research proposal in a Word document in this order:
Problem Statement
Purpose Statement
Research Questions
Table 1: Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, and Research Questions
Step 10. Cite and Reference
Use APA format for in-text citations and the reference page(s). You will add to the reference page(s) as you progress through the module assignments

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