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The Malaysian Action Research Network

We aim to promote and advance action research as a legitimate philosophy and methodology in Malaysia, providing encouragement and support for action researchers at all levels to conduct rigorous and evidence-based work.
Artwork | The Symbol of Nationhood
The philosophy of education in Malaysia is not just to produce individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically balanced, but also to produce citizens who are able to contribute to the harmony and betterment of the nation. Education plays an important role in fostering a spirit of love for the homeland as well as nurturing a strong identity in each individual to ensure the stability of the country’s present and future. This image shows the spirit of love for the homeland, expressed by the Sea Dayak’s students through singing a song of freedom while proudly waving the national flag of Malaysia called ‘Jalur Gemilang’. This celebration was the highlight of the 53rd Malaysia Day observed every year on 16 September and has become an annual event that has been implemented in every school. The image was captured by Mohd Hanafee Mohd Zaki in Sekolah Kebangsaan Nanga Sengaih, Julau Sarawak. If you want to feature your artwork, please email info[a]marnet.my with a description.
Upcoming Event | International Conference



The Malaysian Action Research Network (MARNet) is are proud to present an International Conference on Action Research (ICAR 2022), from 3-6 September, 2022. This virtual conference aims to bring together practitioners, professionals, academics and researchers from various backgrounds and disciplines, including education, nursing, social work, allied health professions, business and management, computer science and the criminal justice sector. The conference will feature four keynotes from prominent national and international action research scholars, three engaging and contextualised action research workshops, and hundreds of research and practice-based presentations. The conference seeks to provide a space for the presentation of current findings on scientific practices using a variety of action research paradigms, philosophies and methodologies, including, but not limited to:

Purposes and Objectives

The purposes and objectives of the International Conference on Action Research (ICAR 2022) are:


The theme of the conference is “Transforming Practices“, which seeks to encourage practitioners to transform the world by transforming their practices and the practice architectures that shape them. It also offers practitioners the opportunity to contribute to contemporary practice theory. One of the key aims of action research is to change our practices, understandings of our practices, and the conditions in which we practice. Transforming our practices means transforming what we do; transforming our understandings means transforming what we think and say; and transforming the conditions of practice means transforming the ways in which we relate to others and things, as well as the contexts we find ourselves within. In particular, this theme is inspired by Stephen Kemmis’s (2022) work on the theory of practice architectures, which describes how practices are shaped by various semantic, social and physical factors.

Keynote Speakers
 Emeritus Professor Stephen Kemmis

Emeritus Professor Stephen Kemmis

Charles Sturt University and Federation University, Australia

Emeritus Professor Gary Anderson

Emeritus Professor Gary Anderson

New York University, United States

Professor Kathryn Herr

Professor Kathryn Herr

Montclair State University, United States

Emeritus Professor David Coghlan

Emeritus Professor David Coghlan

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Emeritus Professor Dato Dr Othman Lebar

Emeritus Professor Dato Dr Othman Lebar

Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia

Event Details

Annual Report 2021

How To Cite

Mat Noor, M. S. A. (Ed.) (2021). Annual Report 2021. Malaysian Action Research Network. https://www.marnet.my/annual-report-2021

Update 16 August 2022: The editors are currently reviewing and editing all submitted manuscript.

Evidence-based pedagogical practice: A compilation of action research studies

Assoc Prof Dr Vishalache Balakrishnan

Assoc Prof Dr Vishalache Balakrishnan

Faculty of Education, Universiti Malaya

Asst Prof Dr Nazatul Akmar Mokhtar

Asst Prof Dr Nazatul Akmar Mokhtar

Kulliyyah of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia

Assoc Prof Dr Nadarajan Thambu

Assoc Prof Dr Nadarajan Thambu

Faculty of Human Sciences, Sultan Idris Education University

Evidence-based pedagogical practice offers a way to conceptualise the decision-making processes involved in improving learning and teaching, based on concrete evidence from either scientific literature, or data collected through various methods, notably action research (Elliott, 2004).

This book foregrounds action research, as it is an emerging method that seeks to involve communities and to enable educators to reflect on and adapt their own practice (McNiff, 2017).

The key features of action research are the use of theory to stimulate inquiry and the assimilation of research findings into pedagogical practice (Colucci‐Gray et al., 2013). Thus, it is an important example of evidence-based pedagogical practice.

The Malaysia Action Research Network (MARNet) and Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE), University of Malaya invites teachers, educators, lecturers and practitioners who are MARNet members to contribute to this book proposal.

We at CARNival [organised by the Collaborative Action Research Network, United Kingdom] are really proud to be associated with MARNet. It’s been just such an exciting and well-managed conference and has had such respected speakers. I think it’s been really terrific, and I’ve managed to make lots of international contacts, which is great.

Professor Emeritus Karen McArdle University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

There are lots and lots of action research publications out there that would really be interested in learning about your individual projects or possibly if you wanted to come together and talk about them from sort of a MARNet perspective… what is the nature of action research currently in Malaysia? Part of our job as researchers is to share our knowledge with others, and I would really welcome hearing from you and encourage you to consider publishing your work.

Professor Mary Brydon-Miller University of Louisville, United States

Thanks to the organisers of MARNet for this opportunity because it’s so impressive to see what is actually being done. People from MARNet can help grow this movement [educational living theory] by sharing the knowledge you are creating and generating as you work to improve your practice. Many thanks for the opportunity to participate; it’s been a pleasure. Thank you.

Professor Jack Whitehead University of Cumbria, United Kingdom

I really love the idea of being invited, being here getting to know more about Malaysia. The discussion was really thought-provoking; the presentations highlighted very interestingly critical points that we commented and reflected on critically. I think there are still things to talk about, but as always, we never have enough time to discuss everything, and we can meet at other events and discuss further

Professor Kenan Dikilitas University of Stavanger, Norway

The conferences [CARNival Conference 2021 and MARNet Conference 2021] have really been fulfilling, as our two networks have synchronised so immensely, very well, so we must thank you. The work you are doing is an inspiration to us, so thank you for that. Thank you for taking part, and we look forward to meeting everybody at future conferences. Hopefully, we all can meet up virtually or face to face sometime in the future.

Dr Andy Convery Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN), United Kingdom
    What They Says

    Feedback from International Action Research Scholars about our MARNet Conference 2021

    MARNet Conference 2021 was held from 5 – 9 October, in conjunction with the CARNival 2021 and collaboration with the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN), United Kingdom.