Exploring the Terrain of Action Research in Education

Stephen Kemmis’ insightful remark about action research being the compass that guides educators through the vast seas of pedagogy resonates strongly in the context of Assumption College of Davao. Action research is acknowledged as an invaluable instrument in education, fostering a culture of inquiry and serving as a catalyst for evidence-based decision-making, thereby facilitating ongoing professional development.


Action research in education serves as a dynamic tool for educators to proactively address challenges and instigate positive transformations within educational settings. It provides a structured framework for teachers to engage in reflective practice, enhancing their teaching methodologies and, in turn, positively impacting student success. By systematically investigating and reflecting on their own teaching practices, educators can make informed decisions that contribute to the continuous improvement of the learning environment.


The Research and Publication Office at Assumption College of Davao organized a departmental seminar titled “Exploring the Terrain of Action Research in Education” to promote research-based pedagogical innovation, instructional decision-making, and reflective practices. This seminar, a testament to the institution’s commitment to professional development, was strategically conducted at different times to accommodate educators from various departments.


The seminar, “Exploring the Terrain of Action Research in Education,” was meticulously organized to cater to the unique needs of different educational levels. Basic Education Department (Elementary and Junior High School) sessions were held on September 12, 2023, and October 27, 2023, while Senior High School sessions took place on August 30 and September 4, 2023. The College Department held its sessions on September 5 and 19, 2023.


Ms. Novilla R. Canalita, MAST-Bio, an esteemed resource speaker, led these departmental action research sessions. Her expertise and guidance added significant value to the seminar, enriching the learning experience for all participants.


Moreover, the seminar comprised two integral parts. The first part focused on providing educators with essential inputs about action research, emphasizing its importance, methodology, and potential impact on teaching practices. The second part involved the presentation of sample action research projects undertaken by teachers after the seminar–workshop.


The sessions proved to be transformative for educators, prompting a realization of the profound value of immersing themselves in the terrain of action research. The exploration of this dynamic methodology resonated with the teachers, who recognized its potential to bring about substantial improvements in education. The sample projects presented vividly demonstrated the tangible impact of action research, showcasing practical applications and positive outcomes in real educational contexts.


Finally, Assumption College of Davao’s commitment to advancing educational practices through action research is commendable. The departmental action research seminar provided a platform for educators to engage in meaningful dialogue, share insights, and embark on a journey of continuous improvement. As the compass guiding teachers through the seas of pedagogy, action research at Assumption College of Davao is undoubtedly steering the ship toward the shores of enhanced student success and a more dynamic educational landscape.



By Marnilyn P. Borongan, LPT, MEd-LT, The Research and Publication Officer