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1 Writing Action Research or Field Report
Introduction An Example Report APA Style The Title Organization Paragraphs Effective Transitions Strategies for Writing a Conclusion Peer Editing Individual Review Meetings Presentations

2 The Title Use a subtitle to clarify what the report is about.
Use a reasonably catchy title

3 An Example Report Follow the College style requirements (paper size, margin, cover sheets). Table of contents Abstract Chapter 1: Introduction (purpose, importance, assumptions, definitions, research questions) Chapter 2: Review of the Literature Chapter 3: Methods (subjects, setting, instrument, data collection procedures) Chapter 4: Result (include graphs or tables) Chapter 5: Discussion (including conclusion, recommendation, action plan) References Appendices

4 Organization The key to your report is not brilliance or even inspiration, but organization. Use of headings and subheadings Use of outline

5 The Paragraph Unity: The entire paragraph should concern itself with a single focus. If it begins with a certain point of discussion, it should not end with another or wander within different ideas. Coherence: Create logical or verbal bridges in your paragraphs to be coherent. For example, key words or synonymous words can be repeated in several sentences. A Topic Sentence: Put your topic sentence near the beginning of the paragraph. Adequate Development: It usually takes more than 1,2,or 3 sentences to have a fully developed paragraph. Do not use future tense in Ch. 1 verbs as you did with the proposal. Use past tense in data gathering section.

6 Effective Transitions
Does your report have a nice flow ( continuity, or progression)? Use a lead-in sentence to introduce discussion of a new concept . The end of a paragraph can set up a clear connection to the next paragraph. One way to create a transition is to repeat a key word or phrase from the preceding paragraph. Use these transitional words to link complementary ideas : again, in addition, at the same time, in the same way, by the same token, similarly, likewise, hence, as a result, furthermore, moreover, secondly. To link conflicting ideas, use these words: in reality, in truth, on the other hand, on the contrary, nonetheless, however, in contrast.

7 The Conclusion Propose a course of action, possible approaches or solutions to the issue raised. Challenge the reader: Address ideas from a fresh perspective in order to encourage the reader to continue thinking about the topic . Looking to the future: Raise questions for future study. Describing the limitations of your study. Save a provocative or exciting insight or quotation for the conclusion. Echoing the introduction: Include something from the introduction (e.g. a detail, image, scenario, or example) to bring the report full cycle.

8 Presentation Present your field or action research report to the rest of class You are encouraged to use the Powerpoint to make your presentation It is more of a celebration than an oral defense. GOOD LUCK !

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