What is the Action Research Project?
The action research project is the capstone project required in the MHR adult degreee completion program. The action research project guides you through the components of the written project: beginning with identifying a problem to researching the literature review to developing measurable objectives and hypotheses to evaluating statistical data and making conclusions and recommendations for its solution. The action research project is organized by semester. The steps in the action research project process are linked to the learning strategies presented in MHR coursework. As you progress through the MHR Program, specific written segments of the action research project will be submitted to your action research project coordinator, who will help you focus and develop your ideas. The final product will be a 30-50 page document in which you will have
- Analyzed a particular problem or situation in an organization
- Conducted research using library resources and carried out statistical research
- Developed measurable objectives and hypotheses which were tested
- Evaluated results statistically and made conclusions and recommendations
MHR students have found this method to approaching problems and conducting research helpful in daily work as well as in academic study. You will improve your thinking, reading, writing, and speaking skills as you work to create positive change in the organization or community for which the project is designed.
Studying at Waggoner Library
Waggoner Library has some great spaces to get work done. From numerous computers to collaborative and group study spaces we have a host of places and tools for you to use. Some students even find the library to be a great place to work!
- Where can I work with a group of friends?
Group study rooms are found on the main floor and second floors. They are first-come, first-served. Several can seat 4 to 8 while the majority seat up to four. All have whiteboards and network/electrical connections. Dry erase markers can be checked out from the main circulation desk
- What about printing in the library?
- Can you bring food or drink in the library?
Drinks in closed containers are welcome in the library. Food can be eaten in the Community room on the main floor. There is a Coke machine [$1.25] in the Community room.
- What about headphones & laptops?
The main circulation desk has headphones and laptops for student check out to use in the library. Just be sure you have your TNU student ID.
Welcome MHR students!
Follow the guide page links below for Action Research Project resources and tools.
Action Research Project Calendar
Semester One [MHR 4525]
- Meet your ARP coordinator
- Overview of the ARP
- Identifying your topic-The problem selection
- Secure your site contact
- Formal topic proposal submitted
- Ch. I - Description of the Problem
- Research for the literature review, Ch. II
Semester Two [MHR 4526]
- Ch. II - Review of the Literature
- Ch. III -Selection of the Option and Description of the Intervention or Selection of the Option and Description of the Alternatives [chapter title depends on which option was chosen]
- Choose the option for direction of the ARP
- Create measurable objectives and hypotheses
- Ch. IV - Evaluation Plan or Data Collection Planvaries [chapter title varies by option chosen]
Semester Three [MHR 4527]
- Complete Ch. IV
- Ch. V - Summary of Results, Recommendations, & Conclusions
- Preliminary pages [title page, certification page, abstract, table of contents]
- Appendix A - Reflections on the Action Research Project
- Final submission of entire ARP
- Oral presentations
NOTE: The online ARP calendar differs due to the length of the semesters. Online students should rely on their ARP Timeline for chapter submission deadlines.