Flashcards in Chapter 12 Deck (24)
A systematic investigation conducted by practitioners to provide information to immediately improve teaching and learning
Stages of action research
Benefits of Action Research
Collaboration with colleagues
Reflection on practice
Empowerment of individuals
Acquaints individuals with relevant research
Acquaints individuals with evidence-based systematic inquiry
Encourages organization-wide evaluation of current procedures with an eye toward improvement
Creates better decision-making
Gives practitioners the tools to think more systematically about the effectiveness of practice
Steps of Conducting Action Research
Select a focus, topic, or issue to study
Determine design and collect data
Summarize and interpret data
Take action based on findings
Iterate back to first step
Selecting a Focus, Topic, or Issue to Study
Involve some part of teaching/learning (or whatever you’re engaged in)
Be something that is part of your own teaching, classroom, school (or your professional practice)
Be something that you can control or have influence on
Be something that you can change or improve
Be something that you feel passionate about, some that you are motivated to learn more about
Taking time to self-reflect on the area you are interested in from the perspective of your own beliefs and from the context of the classroom or school (local context)
Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Topic
Who is involved with the problem/area to be improved?
What is the evidence of a problem?
Where is the problem occurring?
When is the problem occurring?
Keep it relatively brief
Focus on secondary sources
Determine Design and Data Collection
Using multiple data sources to converge on the true state of affairs
Experiencing: Direct observation of participants
Enquiring: Interviewing students, teachers, parents, etc
Examining: Document and record analysis
Cognitive: Tests of knowledge and understanding
Non-Cognitive: Ratings of attitudes and beliefs
You need to substantiate the reliability and validity of your measures to the best of your ability
Direct observation of participants
Interviewing students, teachers, parents, etc
Document and record analysis
Quantitative Data focuses on ____________.
Focus on Practical Significance
Qualitative Data focuses on ____________.
Looking for Communalities Across Interviews and Observations
Five Criteria of Action Research Validity
Representation of stakeholders in the action research process
Is the action plan that results from action research viable and effect?
Internal validity and credibility
Does the research compel the participants to “take action”?
Are the results disseminated in a manner that allows a conversation or dialogue with colleagues through some public forum