Action research is a powerful process to mobilize the community in the transformation process. Through research and dialogue, teachers, students and community members become motivated to change because what they are engaged in is highly relevant and meaningful- And because they were asked!
Motivation to engage wholeheartedly in a task is enforced when people feel they have had some choice in selecting the task and/or understand its rationale. Children, as well as adults, are more likely to resist an activity that holds little meaning or relevance for them or they feel was arbitrarily imposed. It has been my experience that if most members of a school community perceive that they have limited input into what transpires in that community, the motivation to teach and to learn will be compromised. -Robert Brooks, 2003