In the summer 2013 issue of YALS, school librarian Courtney Lewis explains how she used action research to determine the recreational reading habits of teens. In her article, Courtney notes that Jody K. Howard and Su A Eckhardt in their book Action Research: A Guide for Library Media Specialists describe action research this way:
“…rather than designing a complex survey, accounting for a million variables and using statistical software, a librarian instead relies on her expertise and that of her colleagues to design an instrument which collects quantitative and qualitative data that will help give a comprehensive snapshot of a specific environment and help determine a course of action, preferably with data that can be shared with co-workers.
Fortunately, Courtney is willing to let others learn from the work that she’s done. You can view her original survey results and find out what Courtney learned: