Practitioner-based research enables us to research our own practice with those with whom we work — clients, customers, students, colleagues, and so on. For mid-career professionals and those whose organisations would like them to undertake work-related research, practitioner-based research is especially appropriate and popular. It carries with it particular issues to do with the support of the organisation — the alignment of our own interests with those of the workplace and the organisation, confidentiality and ethics — because the research is with those with whom you are working. You also need to take care over the balancing of work with research on a daily basis. Practitioner-based research can take many forms and is not a methodology but a focus. You might well carry out some practitioner-based research that is positivist, deductive and uses quantitative methods (such as testing of a particular practice), which is more effective than another practice, through pre- and post-test experiments, or with pre- and post-test questionnaires with colleagues/students/customers — with whomsoever you are working.
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