The document also includes brief accounts of some of the methodologies that exist within action research.
An even briefer mention of the data collection methods which can be used is also included.
Should you choose to do an action research study this paper will then help you to do so more effectively and with less risk.
Nor do I have any objection to quantitative research.
At the extreme, the "research" may take the form of increased understanding on the part of those most directly involved. In these, more attention is often given to the design of the research than to other aspects.
For this form of action research the outcomes are change, and learning for those who take part. In both approaches it is possible for action to inform understanding, and understanding to assist action.If your measures adequately capture what you are researching, quantitative measures offer very real advantages.However, qualitative measures may allow you to address more of what you want to examine. The paper is copiously referenced so that you can identify the relevant literature.For thesis purposes it is as well to choose a form where the research is at least a substantial part of the study.The approach described below tries to assure both action and research outcomes as far as possible.You can modify it in whatever direction best suits your own circumstances.Almost all writers appear to regard it as cyclic (or a spiral), either explicitly or implicitly.There is a particular focus on doing research for a thesis or dissertation, or for a similar independent research report.If a thesis is not your interest I think you will still find material of use.In the process I describe below the spiral is an important feature.For some writers action research is primarily qualitative.