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Action Research Made Easy
Some example improvements through evaluations
Action research is a form of applied research designed to answer a specific school or classroom-related question
Gall et al (2003) & Wiersma (2000) (as cited in Eggen & Kauchak, 2004, p.17)
So What is Action Research?
Action research can be used for various purposes:To develop school-based curriculum
To demonstrate to Principals, parents and students that a particular teaching practice is useful
For professional development
To restructure schools with different learning strategiesTo use as an evaluating tool
To enable teachers to engage in intellectual pursuits and become continuous learners
Action research is cyclic by natureEmpoweringMethodically eclecticProvides a major link between professional development and self-evaluationAllows the opportunity for teachers to look and theorise about their current practice in the classroom
Action research involves 4 major phases:1. Identify the area of focus(Reflect)2. Plan the action research & collect data (Plan)3. Analyse & interpret data(Act)4. Develop the action plan (Observe)
MethodologyPhase 1:Identify the area of focus (reflect)Information is gathered to identify the need or problem.Look at similar research related documents or investigationsA research question is developedA research plan is formulatedResources and schedules planned
Phase 2: Collection of data
How do we obtain this data?
ChecklistsPortfoliosDiaries/journalsField notes/observation recordsStudent-teacher discussion/interaction/interviewsTime on task analysisQuestionnairesAudiotapes/videotapes/still photography
Phase 2: contFact finding What is really happening in the classroom in regards to the area of need?Share and discuss data and research methodology with fellow teacher researchers.Develop research questions based on ones curiosity about teaching and learning in ones classroom.
Phase 3: Analyse and interpret data (Act)Analyse and interpret the data with the support of fellow colleaguesUsing accumulated research, results are summarised and patterns emergeWhat conclusions can be drawn from phase 3?
Phase 4: Develop the action plan
It can improve the teaching and learning process, by reinforcing, modifying or changing perceptions.
Research aids the professional growth of teachers.
Influences thinking skills, self efficacy and attitude towards changing educational processes.
Teachers are able to look at their teaching in a structured manner.
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