Yes, an action plan would require the plan to be put in application. The understanding of a strategic plan would require the effect of the process from going from one step to another. Either one can be implemented without the dependance of another . if you have more questions, ask
In an educational setting, a strategic plan would be build up the goals of the students, for a specific plan for example, then going about making decisions along each step to pursue the lesson to be learned by the student. An action plan in a comprehensive strategic plans is producing these "mini goals" for each step.