FIG Peer Review Journal


Applying Action Research in Geomatics Higher Education (2824)

Steve Y. W. Lam (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Mr Steve Y. W. Lam
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China
Corresponding author Mr Steve Y. W. Lam (email: LSLAMS[at], tel.: + (852) 2766 5964)

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Published on the web 2008-03-21
Received 2008-01-31 / Accepted 2008-03-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2008
ISBN 978-87-90907-67-9 ISSN 2307-4086


The emphasis on research-based decisions in geomatics education is stronger than ever as educators recognize that research evidence adds value to their practices, programmes and teaching materials. This paper describes briefly the definition, history, goals, benefits and limitations of applying action research in geomatics higher education. It sets out the steps of the research process and the criteria for evaluating the research results, and illustrates how to apply some of the criteria by a practical example of research on ‘Instructional methods for deterring geomatics students from plagiarism’.
Keywords: action research, educational research, geomatics, quantitative and qualitative methods, mixed methods, plagiarism, evaluation