Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number1 March 2020                                                     Pp. 482-488

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 A Systematic Review of the Outcomes of Using Action Research in Education


  Djihed Messikh
Faculty of Letter and Foreign Languages
University of 20th  August 1955_ Skikda


Teaching, as a profession, is becoming more and more challenging every day, not only because the teacher has to deal with unpredictable difficulties in constantly changing uncontrollable cultural and social contexts in the classrooms, but also for the need, nowadays, to be a curious explorer, a systematic investigator, and a creative innovation to solve his/her problems while teaching, using a flexible, self-reflective, critical, and production-oriented approach. Educational Action Research can provide a chance for the teacher to develop his/her critical thinking skills to become effective self-reliant problem-solver to the actual unique challenges that no one, but him/her, can better understand and administer in the classroom. Thus, s/he becomes enthusiastically involved in structuring and sharing a more comprehensive view of education. This paper investigates the possible outcomes of using action research in education, with an emphasis on teachers, after highlighting main critiques.  It starts by discussing first the early evolution of Action Research both as a notion and a structure.  Then, it reviews primary literature and research findings on the benefits of using Educational Action Research for teachers. The paper suggests that taking the role of teacher-research may help in achieving sustainable development at the level of the classroom and contributes in promoting the professional careers of teachers.
Keywords: Educational Action Research, Professional Development, sustainable development, teacher-researcher role

Cite as:   Messikh, D. (2020). A Systematic Review of the Outcomes of Using Action Research in Education. Arab World English Journal, 11 (1) 482-488.


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Dr. Djihed Messikh is a young lecturer and an ambitious researcher at the faculty of Letter and
Foreign Languages, University of 20th August 1955, Skikda, Algeria. Her research interests are
mainly in the areas of foreign language learning and teaching, and history of political thought.