Bilingualism and multilingualism
Action research is an approach for investigating questions and finding solutions to problems that people confront in their everyday lives. The goal of action research is for people to increase the effectiveness of the work in which they are personally engaged. This is achieved by examining the particular dynamics present in a local setting, taking a specified action within that setting, and evaluating the results of that action. The gap between theory and practice in both Translation and Interpreting Studies is frequently lamented in the literature. It offers one approach for reducing this gap by developing partnerships among practitioners, researchers, and community members to investigate, evaluate, and implement concrete solutions to the problems they face. Although the term action research seems practical, accessible, and inviting, students and interpreter translator practitioners should not undertake this approach lightly but should fully consider the rigor that it requires.