Step 6 Developing Action Strategies and Putting Them into Practice
Where do we look to find suitable action strategies? The most important source is our new understanding gained from analysis of the situation. Understanding an issue, by uncovering the network of interrelationships, not only leads to a new awareness of the situation, but also offers a wealth of ideas about possible action. A second important source is the actual process of data collection. Simply finding out learners attitudes may be enough to suggest possible solutions. A third important source is our own aims, objectives and values as instructors. In the course of problem analysis and data collection, the researchers aims become more practical and realistic as they are better informed by knowledge of the situation. As well, ideas and suggestions for suitable action strategies may come from external sources such as from conversations with colleagues, information about how other people have coped with similar situations, and ideas in books and articles. Exercise 5 provides a method for checking your action strategy.
Monitoring action strategies. In order to learn as much as possible from trying out the new strategy, it is important to consider in advance how to monitor the situation. A time plan may help you to think through and prepare the task of co-ordinating research activities with different action strategies. To check the results of action strategies, you need to define your own criteria of success. When can you say an action strategy was successful?
What is considered to be an improvement depends also on who is making the judgement, and there are four voices which can be used to evaluate improvements.
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