Action Research? You may not have heard of it. You will. It is a professional research method that empowers teaching artists to consistently improve, to clarify their impact, and to strengthen their proposals and projects for funders. The key: in action research, those involved in the work do the research as they go, which can guide the direction of their work—it can add credibility and accountability to the work. This session will distill the practices down to user-friendly approaches, and participants will leave the session with an action research project of their own that they can use right away.
Eric Booth is a long-time leader of action research projects (25 years), currently guiding the work with AIM. José is an alumnus of AIM who used action research approaches and now oversees action research at El Sistema Greece. During this Think Tank, Eric and José will share practical examples of action research in action from AIM’s teaching artists. For those who see the power of action research, a Working Group will spring from this session to create a user-friendly Handbook on Action Research that serves the global field.
Action research is basically common sense with a little structure, and it builds excellent habits of mind for teaching artists. This session will introduce action research practice and get participants working with it. The Innovator Working Group will take a deeper dive to learn more, share more, and create a pioneering tool to advance the whole field.