Action Research & Social Justice

Nancy Murphy, NP, Ph.D.

September 27, 2017

Video Segments

  1. What is Action Research?
  2. What does social justice have to do with Action Research?
  3. How can faculty use Action Research in their classrooms?
  4. What are the challenges involved in conducting Action Research?
  5. What are the underlying values involved in Action Research?


Dr. Murphy recently presented the findings of the above study at the Action Research Network of the Americas Conference in Cartagena, Columbia, in June 2017. She had the opportunity to share and learn from community-based educators, nurses, physicians, and social workers, from around the world, many of whom are also “flipping the classroom.” The flipped learning action research study has been extended to explore the question of how flipped learning can contribute to democratizing nurse practitioner student education and promoting knowledge democracy. On the clinical front Dr. Murphy is a seasoned primary care provider and also an HIV specialist. She has been practicing in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1987.

Confirming Dr. Murphy’s findings, graduate nursing faculty also identified that applying a meaningful point value to in-class active learning activities, which undergirds flipped learning, encouraged and supported students to come to class prepared. On the student front, overwhelming approval of the flipped method prevailed. Students identified numerous advantages such as (1) flexibility and personalizing the learning experience related to lifestyle/roles, (2) autonomy related to being in control of learning and improving time management, (3) competency related to building confidence and dispelling myths of passivity, and (4) promoting student and instructor negotiation and preparation. Students strongly prefer both audio and slide content material prior to class. Generative tensions related to authority and control of the courses also surfaced. Flipped learning is supportive and culturally congruent with a range of identities. Dr. Murphy is also an HIV specialist and has been practicing in the field of HIV/AIDS for three decades.