Action Research

Action Research is defined as a process by which practitioners study their problems scientifically to guide, correct and evaluate their decisions and actions. This category is limited to College of Education students conducting research as part of their student teaching requirement.

Federal regulations require all participating researchers (student researcher and student's action research supervisor) complete a training course on the protection of human participants in research. The IRB subscribes to the CITI Online Training Program to comply with this regulation. Students conducting Action Research projects should complete the course titled "Students Conducting No More than Minimal Risk Research." At the end of the required modules, you must complete two out of the five elective modules.

CITI provides a certificate to the researchers upon completion of the appropriate training course. A copy of the CITI certificate must be included with the protocol submitted to the IRB Office for all participating researchers, including student researchers.

Please note: All correspondence from the IRB will be directed to the action research supervisor, not the student researcher.

How to Apply

Complete the Action Research Application and Protocol Form, found under the Forms section. Students are NOT permitted to be the Principal Investigator. They are required to have a SRU faculty or staff member supervise the research. Student researchers should be listed as co-investigators.