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We have employed these labels because they are in common usage among action researchers, but the accompanying descriptions give a clearer picture. We anticipate that within this broad framework, instructors will devise their own models and methods of research, consistent with constraints imposed by their students, availability of support and teaching resources. Here the researcher and the practitioner identify the research problem together and discuss underlying causes and possible interventions.

Practitioners work together as a group and collectively identify problems and possible solutions. There is a strong social element here as well, in that it is expected that participants will emerge with a new view or theory of society.

Using interactive multimedia to support information systems training: Although interactive multimedia has been used in education for some time, little is known about its effectiveness in enhancing students' learning ability. The aim of the project was to investigate the value of multimedia in supporting teaching and learning processes for information systems training. The objective of the system was to stimulate students' interest by adding audio-visual capabilities to the lecture presentation.

The plan was to use ISEI as a pilot system to investigate students' learning attitudes and learning outcomes in response to such systems. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the system, feedback was obtained from students about their preference for learning with the system.

The effect on students' learning was also evaluated. Feedback from students indicated that the majority preferred to learn in a lecturing environment accompanied by the ISEI, audio-visual presentation. The system helped them to digest information by increasing their interest in the topics covered and they were able to visualize some concepts in a more vivid manner.

On the other hand, the display quality, the need for dim lighting in the lecture hall, and technical interruptions interfered with students' concentration. Most students wanted to have access to the slide show for revision purposes.

Also, although students preferred the presentation to text book learning the system did not necessarily help students to understand how information systems related to business processes in practice. A literature review revealed that problems particular to the subject of information systems were that students find it difficult to visualize how the business world functions and also find it difficult to integrate information systems concepts and apply the knowledge they acquire in answering case study-type questions.

The team asked whether a visual interface could be better designed using a dynamic storyboard to facilitate the formation of the learners' mental model. The lessons learned with ISEI, together with the findings from the literature review, provided insights in the creation of ISEII, a new version of the system, which incorporated innovative concepts in delivering knowledge to students.

The design philosophy of ISEII was to make use of interactive multimedia in providing a desktop virtual reality environment where students could learn about basic information systems concepts by navigating through a simulated office. The system allows students to interact with objects inside the virtual office, review the information associated with that object and respond to questions asked. The new system was devised to be used both as an aid to lectures and by students as a self-learning tool during revisions.

In each series of ISEII presentations, students were assigned tasks in different case situations, focusing on how to apply information systems concepts in solving business problems in a simulated company.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the design, both objective and subjective data were collected at the end of each training session by means of questionnaire surveys and interviews. Before the evaluation, the students were given a set of cognitive tests and classified according to their cognitive styles and their technical, analytical and management abilities.

Results of the evaluation indicated that the ISEII system had increased students' incentive to learn and interest in learning. A key lesson learnt was that it will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the system if the user is provided with clear goals and an appropriate level of interactivity.

It was found that students tended to lose concentration and interest when the earlier version of the system did not have built-in questions for obtaining instant feedback on the subject. The evaluation also revealed that the learning process will be greatly enhanced if the system design is learner-centered, i.

Surveys of students indicated that they found the course difficult and the workload heavy. Instructors were concerned about the students' ability to retain the material that was being taught in the current format.

The plan was to modify the curriculum by splitting the course into two courses to be taught in consecutive semesters, thus reducing the amount of material taught in each course. This enabled greater emphasis to be placed on tutorials and less emphasis on lectures.

At the end of each tutorial, students would be asked to do a number of things: The second after-tutorial format which involved students asking questions was very beneficial in encouraging students to ask questions: Improvements were observed in the course but the instructor thought there were additional things which could be done in future to improve the course further.

A single multimedia package software package was planned to introduce all three initiatives more efficiently and effectively. Before development of the multimedia software package, student data was gathered to set a baseline for evaluating future improvements and to contribute to development of the package itself. The Study Process Questionnaire SPQ was used to provide insight into the students' approaches to learning the material. A diagnostic survey similar in format to the SPQ but with questions that were specific to the course was designed.

The survey aimed to reflect what had been achieved to date and identify problems that still needed to be addressed. The conceptual quiz was designed to explore misunderstandings of the material taught in the earlier part of the course. The information provided by the observations provides valuable input into development of the multimedia software package and once implemented surveys and conceptual quizzes will be used to monitor its effectiveness.

In their years as writing consultants, the instructors had found numerous problems in students' business writings in that they did not often meet their writing purposes, essential information was missing, tone inappropriate, and set phrases inserted inappropriately.

Moreover, typographical and surface errors show that students do not seem to edit their own work. To design a four-week intensive business letter writing course to help students overcome the problems in their business letters. Effectiveness of the course was measured in terms of students' attitude and performance before and after the course. Performance was also monitored over an extended period.

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French and Cecil Bell define organization development OD at one point as "organization improvement through action research". Concerned with social change and, more particularly, with effective, permanent social change, Lewin believed that the motivation to change was strongly related to action: If people are active in decisions affecting them, they are more likely to adopt new ways.

Lewin's description of the process of change involves three steps: Figure 1 summarizes the steps and processes involved in planned change through action research.

Action research is depicted as a cyclical process of change. Major adjustments and reevaluations would return the OD project to the first or planning stage for basic changes in the program. The action-research model shown in Figure 1 closely follows Lewin's repetitive cycle of planning, action, and measuring results. It also illustrates other aspects of Lewin's general model of change. As indicated in the diagram, the planning stage is a period of unfreezing, or problem awareness.

There is inevitable overlap between the stages, since the boundaries are not clear-cut and cannot be in a continuous process. The results stage is a period of refreezing, in which new behaviors are tried out on the job and, if successful and reinforcing, become a part of the system's repertoire of problem-solving behavior.

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In actual fact, the difference between the models is the degree to which an outside researcher influences the action research project in terms of framing the research question and determining the direction the research will take.

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Different models and definitions of action research are explored and an attempt is made to identify the unique features of action research that should make it an attractive mode of research for healthcare practi-.

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“Action Inquiry is an umbrella term for the deliberate use of any kind of a plan, act, describe, review cycle for inquiry into action in a field of practice. Reflective practice, diagnostic practice, action learning, action research and researched action are all kinds of action inquiry.” The method used is similar to Action Science. In distinction, there are some forms of action research where research is the main emphasis and the action is almost a fringe benefit. I regard all of these as action research. This definition is capable of encompassing a variety of research and intervention methods.

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action research model 1. The Power point presentationon:Action Research model 2. Action Research ModelThe action research model focuses onplanned change as a cyclical process inwhich initial research about the organizationprovides information to guide subsequentaction. Action Research is a four step continuous process; Diagnosis, Planning, Action and Evaluation Action Research Theory provides the bridge between knowledge building and data gathering with effective action.