Phase 2: Developing & Implementing an Action Research Plan

Building the framework for action research is accomplished by developing an action research plan. Before engaging in the “research” of action research, it is helpful to outline actions by answering the “what?” the “how?” and the “when?” Hubbard and Power (1999) described the action research plan as a kind of backbone for the study – a skeletal frame on which to hang all emerging thoughts about the research question, data collection, and how to sustain the research. The action research plan is a blueprint or framework for change within the classroom. Before creating the plan, take time to consider different instructional approaches geared towards meeting students’ instructional goals. Many teachers work with knowledgeable resources during this phase while planning their implementation.