Presentation on theme: "Using Action Research for Data Driven Decision Making"— Presentation transcript:
1 Using Action Research for Data Driven Decision Making
2 Identify the basis and philosophy of Action Research OverviewIdentify the basis and philosophy of Action ResearchUnderstand how the results of Action Research can be used to make data driven decisionsDiscuss potential Action Research topics within the school/classroom setting
3 What causes us to change practice in our classrooms, schools, and district? How are those decisions made?Think of a recent decision you made that altered a classroom procedure/practiceThink of several decisions that have been made at the building, district, and State levels that have impacted what is happening in your classroom
4 Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Traditional ResearchAction ResearchPilot ProgramOtherDecisions! Decisions! Decisions!
5 Action Research IS: Open-ended Purposeful Interactive Collaborative RelevantEvolvingIntuitivePractical
6 Action Research is not the usual things teachers do when they think about their teaching. Action Research is not only problem-solving.Action Research?Action Research is not research on other people.Action Research is not a pilot program.Action Research is not the scientific method applied to teaching.
7 What is Action Research? --Systematic Discovery--Action Research is a process in which participants examine their own educational practice, systematically and carefully, using the techniques of research.
8 Action ResearchAction Research is a fancy way of saying let’s study what’s happening at our school and decide how to make it a better place.Emily Calhoun (1994)
9 Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Traditional ResearchAction ResearchPilot ProgramOtherDecisions! Decisions! Decisions!
10 Three Approaches to Action Research Classroom2. School3. District
11 Problem Identification Review of the Literature Five Phases (+1)Problem IdentificationAction ResearchReview of the LiteraturePlan of ActionData CollectionAnalysis of DataPlan for Future Action
12 What Is a Good Action Research Question? Problem IdentificationWhat Is a Good Action Research Question?ManageableSignificantContextualClearly StatedOpen-EndedSelf-Reflective
13 Reflective Practice: PLCs If transformational change is to occur in our schools that has long term benefits for our students, it is critical to have teachers engage in reflective dialogue that causes them to look thoughtfully and critically at their teaching practices.Examine both purpose and process
14 Reflective Practice: PLCs The path to change in the classroom lies within and through the learning communities whichgenerate knowledgecraft new norms of practiceand sustain participants in their efforts toreflect,examine,experiment,and change.McLaughlin, M. & Talbert, J. (1993) Center for Research on the Context of Secondary School Teaching
15 Review of the Literature Five Phases (+1)Action ResearchReview of the LiteraturePlan of ActionData Collection
16 Sources of Information What informs our school as to the effects of our instructional program on students?What data do we use as a faculty?
17 Data Gathering Strategies Data CollectionData Gathering StrategiesChecklistsPortfoliosSurveysDiscussionsInteractionsWork Samples
18 Criteria for Selection of Data Techniques Data CollectionCriteria for Selection of Data TechniquesIs it one that you can do?Are there physical barriers?Who will collect the data and how will it be displayed/shared?Is time an issue?How soon will the technique yield information?Can you afford the time to gather, record, and reflect using this technique?Is it appropriate?Will a different technique provide more appropriate data for your question?
19 Five Phases (+1) Action Research Analysis of Data Plan for Future Action
20 Sometimes what you expect to find is not what your data shows! Analysis of DataAnalyzing Your DataSometimes what you expect to find is not what your data shows!
21 The Secret of Data Analysis The secret of data analysis is pattern recognition. Peter Holly (1992)The guiding principle behind the data collection process is that the information collected should be compelling enough to convince any skeptic.
22 ACTION! Let the data determine your next move! Plan for Future ActionACTION!Let the data determine your next move!Use the data to influence othersBegin a new AR cycle!
23 What are Some Effects of Teacher Research Projects? Increased sharing and collaboration across departments, disciplines, and grade levelsIncreased dialogue about instructional issues and student learningEnhanced communication between teachers and studentsImproved performance of studentsRevision of practice based on new knowledge about teaching and learningTeacher-designed and teacher-initiated staff developmentDevelopment of priorities for school-wide planning assessment effortsContributions to the profession’s body of knowledge about teaching and learning