Action Research Project

This unit enables the development of competency in a research approach that enhances the ability to reflect, act and learn in a ministry/work context. The unit requires introducing the action research approach, engaging stakeholders as co-researchers, researching action, the integration of theory and practice, the recording and analysing the three unique contributions: development of self, development of organisation, and contribution to the body of knowledge.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. A “research” generic unit can foster independent research and study skills. It can enhance initiative and creativity as students pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. In this way, generic units seek to provide a learning environment which fosters increased independence in learning combined with more student-centredness.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



144 Credit points.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Plan an action research project that integrates established theory, professional practice, and personal development
  2. Review current literature within the fields of the research project
  3. Actively engage in a work/ministry-based context and apply established theories to the action being observed
  4. Reflect on and plan for continuous improvement within the framework of best practice action research (multiple cycles of planning, acting, observing and reflecting)
  5. Establish the research findings as reliable and trustworthy in accordance with best practice action research
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