Action Research Not traditional educational research often research tests theory not practical Teacher research in classrooms and/or schools/districts.
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1 Action ResearchNot traditional educational research often research tests theory not practicalTeacher research in classrooms and/or schools/districts for the purpose of:Improving teachingInvestigate areas of concerTesting educational theoryEvaluating and implementing an educational planMeet the challenges within classrooms and schoolsAction research is used to describe an approach to classroom research
2 A few reasons to do action research… Help you build a reflective practice based on proven ideas or techniquesAllow you to try new ideas and reliably assess their effectivenessIt will help you build confidence in your managerial or instructional decisionsIt will contribute to the professional culture of teaching at your schoolIt can create meaningful and lasting change in order to improve student achievement
3 Levels of Action Research Individual for classroomGroup of teachers for departmentTeachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to affect change in larger school community
4 Action Research History Kurt Lewin(1946) credit with development of concept of action researchEvolved and influenced by Kemmis(1983), Ebbutt (1985), Elliott (1991), Hopkins (1985) and others…
5 Conducting Action Research Steps Identify the question, issue or problemConduct a literature reviewDefine a solutionApply the solution and collect the dataAnalyze your findingsReport your findingsTake ACTION
6 How to Get Started.. Identify the Question, Issue or Problem Decide on a FOCUSFind your professional self…some guiding questions may be…What are your broad interests in teaching?What are your specific interests?What questions are manageable?What are you passionate about?Is there a problem or question that you would like an answer to or as a future teacher, administrator, policy maker, researcher and how will an answer to your question or idea help you do a better job?