Action Research as a Tool for Advancing Practice and Knowledge

John Klofas, Rochester Institute of Technology
Edmund F. McGarrell, Michigan State University

As problem solving has become a key component of policing and community prosecution, opportunities for action research have become increasingly common. Indeed, action research is a component of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national effort to reduce gun crime. Action research typically involves the collaboration of a researcher with practitioners to address real world problems. This paper discusses the strengths, as well as the challenges, of the action research approach for meeting the needs of practitioners to address tangible problems while at the same time meeting the goal of scholars to advance knowledge.

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Updated 05/20/2006