2 Components of Action Research AbstractIntroductionMethodsFindingsDiscussionReferencesAppendix
3 Abstract Summarize your research project Include topic, method, findings
4 Introduction A. Statement of problem and its significance B. Relevant research and how it applies to your problemC. Carefully worded research question or problem
5 Problem Statement1 The Ideal - Describe the goals, desired state, or the values that your audience considers important and that are relevant to the problem2 The Reality - Describe a condition that prevents The Ideal3 The Consequences - Using specific details, show how The Reality contains little promise of improvement unless something is done. Emphasize the benefits of research by projecting the consequences of possible solutions as well.
6 Problem Statement Example The Ideal - The desire of ZZZUSD is to implement a highly functioning Professional Learning Community.The Reality – However, old ideas and practices prevent teachers from full collaboration.The Consequences – Without a change in culture, teachers will not be able to learn together. But with a change in practices, teachers will learn from each other.
7 Relevant Research A Literature Review should be organized around and related directly to the thesis or research question you are developingsynthesize results into a summary of what is and is not knownidentify areas of controversy in the topicprovide substantiation of your research
8 Research Question(s) Select the topic Formulate a statement of purpose regarding the topicWrite an evocative question which is researchable and significant
9 Methods Describes your subjects demographics achievement levels circumstances
10 Methods ProceduresOutline your step by step plan for investigating the problem or questionBe sure and describe what data you collected, how you collected it and why you decided upon your particular method of collectionDescribe what you did
11 Methods Cycle 1 – describe what you did Interim – reflect on Cycle 1 Cycle 2 – describe the alteration you didReflect of whole process
12 Findings/ResultsA. Describe how you interpreted the data that you collectedB. What are your overall conclusions? (Relate this back to your research question/problem and to the relevant research)C. Include raw data (can be numbers in table format, quotes, etc.) that illustrates how you reached your conclusion
13 DiscussionA. Describe your feelings about the project (i.e., were you surprised at the results, was the project more difficult than you anticipated)B. How will the project impact your teaching of the science concept that you addressed?C. Describe additional projects on related topics that you might do in the future.
14 References In APA format, list the sources you cited in the paper. A variety of sources is preferrededucational journals or books online periodicalsdatabases
15 Appendixes Interview questions, Questionnaires, Observations Checklists and matrixes