Integrating Action Research and Experiential Learning in Student Applied Research Projects (74797)

Session Information: Innovative & Interdisciplinary Teaching in Practice
Session Chair: Alvin Leong

Saturday, 25 November 2023 17:00
Session: Session 4
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Applied research projects are essential to students' academic journey, enabling them to gain hands-on experience, practical skills, and problem-solving abilities. Traditionally, these projects involve a more passive learning approach. Integrating action research and experiential learning can create a dynamic learning environment that fosters active participation and enhances students' understanding of their chosen fields.

Action research is a collaborative inquiry process aiming to improve a situation by identifying problems, developing solutions, and implementing changes. It emphasises the researcher's active involvement and continuous reflection. Integrating action research into student-applied research projects helps them understand real-life considerations in decision-making.

Further, Kolb's experiential learning suggests that learning is most effective through concrete experiences, reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation, and active experimentation. Students can develop critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and adaptability by incorporating experiential learning principles into applied research projects while bridging theory and practice.

The study explores the effectiveness of using action research and experiential learning methodologies in student-applied research projects. Using the case-based research method, this study presents empirical evidence highlighting the benefits and potential challenges of operationalising action research and experiential learning pedagogy in these projects.

The study found combining action research and experiential learning creates a mutually reinforcing learning process. The iterative nature of action research aligns well with Kolb's experiential learning cycle, as students continuously cycle through experiences, reflection, conceptualisation, and experimentation. Students can fine-tune their approach and deepen their understanding of the subject by constantly evaluating and adjusting their research strategies.

Authors:
Huay Ling Tay, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Huay Ling Tay is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences in Singapore

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00