Education and research go hand and hand. In educational practices, there is always constant shifts or approaches to new strategies and way of implementing curriculum. Action researches allow the educator to work closely with what they feel in their realm is important to change, understand, or increase.
For myself, action research should be something driven by what I as an educator what to transform or enhance. I believe having an ethically safe environment on campus or in a classroom is essential for student to access their education and feel connected and safe. Bullying, falls under this ethical stance, and as educators it is our duty to protect our students psyches and overall safety. This epidemic affects students on many levels; self esteem to physical and mental harm. Action research is at the center of understanding the “Bully Within” and according to The Nation College for School Leadership “One of the things we discovered was that research activity helped to promote learning among staff, encouraged staff to empathizes with learners, and helped young people to recognize that their teachers were learners too”.
Action research in this scenario can not only reduce these many forms of bulling, but also help identify the underlining needs of why one might bully or be a non-active participant (just watching). From my action research, I hope to guide and instill a worthiness of confidence, to be comfortable to deal with these types of situations or understanding why you feel the need to bully or hurt others.