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Action Research Project: Student Handbook

HL 8/10/2007

Action Research Project: Student Handbook

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HL 8/10/2007

Action Research Project: Student Handbook

Table of Contents The Action Research Project ..................................................................................................................... 1 Introduction....................................................................................................................................... 1 Action Research Defined ................................................................................................................. 1 Research Project Requirements ...................................................................................................... 1 Overview .......................................................................................................................................... 2 Sequence of Courses....................................................................................................................... 2 Research Project Requirements Detailed ........................................................................................ 2 Research Project Chapter Details.............................................................................................................. 6 Chapter I: Introduction...................................................................................................................... 6 Problem Statement................................................................................................................. 6 Purpose ................................................................................................................................. 6 Description of the Community ................................................................................................ 6 Description of Work Setting ................................................................................................... 6 Writers Role ........................................................................................................................... 6 Chapter II: Study of the Problem ...................................................................................................... 7 Problem Description ............................................................................................................... 7 Problem Documentation ......................................................................................................... 7 Literature Review.................................................................................................................... 7 Causative Analysis ................................................................................................................. 7 Chapter III: Outcomes and Analysis................................................................................................. 8 Goals ..................................................................................................................................... 8 Expected Outcomes ............................................................................................................... 8 Measurement of Outcomes .................................................................................................... 8 Analysis of Results ................................................................................................................. 8 Chapter IV: Solution Strategy........................................................................................................... 9 Problem Statement................................................................................................................. 9 Discussion .............................................................................................................................. 9

Action Research Project: Student Handbook

Selected Solutions/Calendar Plan .......................................................................................... 9 Chapter V: Results and Recommendations ................................................................................... 10 Results.................................................................................................................................. 10 Discussion ............................................................................................................................ 10 Recommendations................................................................................................................ 10 Other Parts of the Final Report ...................................................................................................... 11 Title Page and Table of Contents. ........................................................................................ 11 Abstract................................................................................................................................. 11 Appendices ........................................................................................................................... 11 Action Research Project: Student Handbook Appendices....................................................................... 13 Appendix A: Writing the Problem Statement.................................................................................. 13 Appendix B: Planning Matrix (Planning Matrix Example and Your Planning Matrix) ..................... 14 Appendix C: Sample Outline .......................................................................................................... 17 Appendix D: Sample Title Page ..................................................................................................... 24 Appendix E: Sample Table of Contents ......................................................................................... 25 Appendix F: Sample Abstract......................................................................................................... 27

Action Research Project: Student Handbook

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The Action Research ProjectIntroduction The action research project is an important component of your MAED program at the University of Phoenix. By identifying a problem, designing a potential solution strategy that may result in positive change, and collecting and analyzing data to determine if the potential solution strategy is a worthwhile solution, you will take an active leadership role in the improvement of a situation in your work setting. This handbook is intended to lead you through the research process in a step-by-step format to ensure your understanding and ability to utilize the process to address an issue in a future work setting. You will not be required to implement the research project. Action Research Defined Action research, as defined by McMillan and Schumacher (2006), involves the use of research methods by practitioners to study current problems or issues (p. 15). To conduct action research, teachers and administrators, individually or in teams, examine a common issue or an everyday concern to determine best local practices. The action research project may be qualitative, quantitative, or a mixture of both qualitative and quantitative. Action research studies use the concepts of formalized research but may loosen the constraints. For instance, the groups studied in an action research study are usually smaller. Teachers frequently study their own classes. Action research can be viewed as a six-part process: 1. Select a focus. (What is the problem?) 2. Collect baseline data (pre-implementation data): What evidence do you need to collect to prove a problem exists; what does the literature say about the problem? 3. Design and implement a potential solution strategy to resolve or alleviate the problem. 4. Collect post-implementation data. 5. Compare the baseline data (pre-implementation data) with the post-implementation data to determine if improvement has been achieved. 6. Disseminate the findings to appropriate constituencies. Creswell (2006) defines action research as systematic procedures used by teachers (or other individuals in an educational setting) to gather quantitative and qualitative data to address improvements in their educational setting, their teaching, and the learning of their students (p. 53). Additionally, some action research projects seek to address and solve local, practical problems, such as a discipline classroom issue for a teacher (p. 53). Research Project Requirements There are nine phases you must complete successfully to fulfill the requirements of the action research th project. All writing must be in 5 ed. APA format: 1. Write the problem statement (EDD/569). 2. Determine a potential solution strategy to implement in order to change the situation (EDD/569). 3. Complete a planning m