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1 Introduction


This eGuide is designed to support practitioners (e.g. teachers, trainers, classroom assistants, assessors) in the post-16 education and training sector to design and undertake ‘multimodal’ action research and reporting. It will also be useful if you are interested in any kind of participatory or collaborative action research, whatever context you are researching in. The guide aims to present a range of multimodal research and reporting approaches, including written text, multi-media, sound and graphics and explore how they could form part of action research projects.


The guide is split into two main sections after the introduction: 1. Multimodal research and reporting approaches 2. Key considerations when designing an action research report What does ‘multimodal’ mean?


In order to understand the term ‘multimodal’ and its relation to action research, it may be helpful to reflect on a film, for example, or a website. In such contexts, multiple modes of meaning, including visuals, sounds, colour, layout, placement in relation to other parts, shape and so on, are critical factors when presenting information to the world. Whilst a range of reporting approaches, such as video and audio approaches, are increasingly used in action research projects, for many people, the idea of a research report is that of a typed text, very possibly, with headings such as ‘introduction and background, ‘research


methods’ and ‘findings’, with additional modes of meaning such as layout, font, colour and emphasis, as well as graphs and, possibly, other graphics. However, equally, a


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