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Writing and Doing Action Research

Writing and Doing Action Research

November 2014 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In Writing and Doing Action Research, Jean McNiff provides a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the practical aspects of writing and doing action research.


Written for practitioners involved in higher degree courses and professional development programmes, and students undertaking methods courses, this book includes guidance on how to:

  • Carry out an action research project in your setting
  • Present your findings in a dissertation, report or thesis
  • Write up your research with an eye to informing policy
  • Demonstrate the quality of your research and writing
  • Be critical and write theoretically
  • Write for journals and prepare thesis and book proposals

The book contains excerpts taken from action research projects in a range of settings and presents exercises to help you develop successful written accounts of your research.


Writing and Doing Action Research is an essential text for anyone working with action research, providing vital guidance on the preparation and production of texts, how this type of work is assessed and enabling you to get the best results from your research.

What is written in an action research text?
What do you need to know about action research in order to write it?
What do you need to know to write action research? Why do you need to know it?
What do you write in an action research text?
What is the form of an action research text?
Becoming a writer: researching writing practices
Becoming a writer
Writing a good quality text
Planning for the production of texts
Writing an action research text
Writing proposals
Masters and doctoral dissertations and theses
How will the quality of your action research dissertation/thesis be judged?
Writing for publication
Writing for academic and professional journals
Writing your first academic book
The significance of your text
The significance of your action research text
Some implications – where next?

This is an outstanding book by an author who keeps on extending and communicating her expertise in a manner that is informative and enabling. The students and I have found it very user friendly and accessible while stretching and challenging all. I can't recommend this highly enough

Mrs Michele Fuller
Department of Education, Colchester Institute
September 12, 2016

Useful supplementary text for those undergraduates who are doing action research as part of their self study project.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 14, 2016

Good supplementary books for pre-reg nursing student

Mr Moortooza Puttaroo
School of Nursing , Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London
June 2, 2016

This is a really useful introduction to Action Research and I am recommending it to all my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice students (HE lecturers).

Miss Rayya Ghul
Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit, Canterbury Christ Church University
May 10, 2016

Specific text not generally appropriate to students not already on a research degree

Ms Karen Hillison
Department of Social Work, Hull University
August 6, 2015

Very useful on how to write up action research.

Dr Rachel Shanks
School of Education, Aberdeen University
December 7, 2015

This is an excellent, practical guide for doing action research! Furthermore, the guidance on how to produce good quality writing makes this a valuable source for students who are still developing academic writers.

Professor Susan Coetzee
Educational Leadership and Management, University of South Africa
June 13, 2015

A very useful book discussing how to do action research in a setting. It generates discussion questions and issues to reflect upon while still offering a practical approach to how to carry out good action research.

Ms Joanna Harrison
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
June 11, 2015

I found the book so useful. I could easily select and apply the appropriate research processes of formulating a research proposal.

Thanks to Jean McNiff and SAGE

Mrs Mpho Mbeo
Business Administration , Central University of Technology
June 4, 2015

A useful introduction to action research.

Mr Alistair Jewell
Higher Education, Runshaw Adult College
June 1, 2015