What Is ‘Action’ in Action Research: A Malaysian Exposure

  •  T. Subahan Mohd. Meerah    
  •  Kamisah Osman    


This paper discusses the concept of 'action' in action research. Novice teachers and teachers in school and higher education are encouraged to embark on researches related to their teaching in order to improve their teaching as well as students’ learning. The inculcations of action research culture have been fostered at all educational levels (primary, secondary and tertiary) and are propagated as part of their practice to increase their professionalism as curriculum implementers in general. In this paper, a number of documents and papers related to action research at the National University of Malaysia were randomly analyzed by focusing on the 'actions' of the action researches that have been carried out. The paper also discusses the importance of providing training on understanding the purpose of 'action' in action research and the needs to share innovation particularly in teaching and learning with respect to the ‘action’ besides highlighting some of the training components and the 'action' itself.

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