This will be the fourth and final Critical Friends discussion forum in the course and it is a forum. Some of you in the course may want to share the final section of your Action Research Proposal with your Critical Friends for feedback, while others may need the additional time to work on pulling together and refining your Final Action Research Proposal. In this final Critical Friends Forum, you can share your Data Collection, Instruments, and Procedures draft, or you may share your entire proposal to seek feedback, suggested revisions, and insights and perspectives from peers and/or your instructor. Since this is your last opportunity to work with your Critical Friends, you may want to share your appreciation with those who were particularly helpful or kind to you in the development of your action research or you may want to congratulate those who made strong efforts and made great progress on their proposal throughout the course. This is a great opportunity to nurture professional relationships with your peers and to grow your professional learning network.
One of the qualities of great leaders and professionals is to be open to and objective about feedback – this is something you will likely need to do in your own professional role, so getting used to seeking and considering feedback objectively is a critical skill for all professionals in any field. Remember when giving and receiving feedback, it is important to be objective and not take feedback personally. All feedback should be geared toward helping each other construct a quality action research proposal, support success, and encourage critical thinking about action research. Once you have thought critically about feedback you have received, if you disagree with it, that is fine. You can continue to respectfully engage in discussion and build understanding by asking questions and sharing insights and perspectives.