ACTION RESEARCH PROPOSAL Action Research Proposal 1
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- ACTION RESEARCH PROPOSAL Action Research Proposal 1
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- Problem Statement Action Research Proposal 2 The problem is for extra curricular activities limiting social interaction with peers.
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- Problem Description Action Research Proposal 3 Homeschoolers have limited access to social encounters during the school year; yet, public schools has ample extracurricular activates available to their students The problem is not addressed because the doors are often not open to home school children for extracurricular activates in local public schools or the process is over complicated. The implementation of this action research process, will provide access to current literature on the topic. Additionally, all homeowners/renters pay taxes for public schools, and all children should have equal access to utilize activities not available at home The research will also open other avenues for social interactions including developing more activities specifically for home schooled children.
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- Purpose of the Project Action Research Proposal 4 The purpose of this project is to determine if local public schools should be required to open their doors to homeschooled children for extracurricular activities.
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- Writers Role Action Research Proposal 5 This topic relates to homeschooled children in a small town where social interactions is important This topic was picked because it is important for students to have an opportunity to socialize with other children their age and be able to utilize the school house for extracurricular activities There are many extracurricular activities that cannot be offered at home but are available at the local school like playing on the football team, cheerleading, band, drama, clubs, and participating in the schools band.
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- Problem Documentation Action Research Proposal 6 Homeschooled children that have access to local public schools to participate in extracurricular activities benefit both the student as well as the community. Teachers will be surveyed to understand their stance on the subject. Homeschooled students will be surveyed to understand what activities they would want to gain access to. School administration will be surveyed to see if there are any ideas or hope for inclusion. Teachers Survey: What extracurricular activities for homeschooled children do you support in your school, if any? Choices could include the band, vocational studies, library use, or other extracurricular activates. Do you feel that there are any benefits or disadvantages to allowing homeschooled children to participate in extracurricular activities at the local school?
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- Problem Documentation Action Research Proposal 7 This school offers vocational training for one hour a day for regular students, do you feel that this could be open to other local homeschooled children so that they can also gain needed vocational skills to support local jobs? Do you support a parents right to chose homeschooling as an alternative to public schools? If you do is there a way to include them in extracurricular activities at the school? Students Survey: Are there any extracurricular activities your local school offers that you would like to participate in? Chose from this list or add your own preference(s): Sports, cheerleading, vocational training, band, arts, or choir If the local schools opens their doors for homeschooled children to participate in extracurricular activities would you participate regularly as required by their rules? Are there any extracurricular activities that you now participate in to support social interactions with other children your age?
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- Problem Documentation Action Research Proposal 8 Are there any extracurricular activities that you now participate in to support social interactions with other children your age? School Administration Survey: Would you be willing to review other states decisions on this subject and consider allowing homeschooled students to participate in extracurricular activities at this school? Are there any extracurricular activities offered at your school that you think could benefit this school, local businesses, and this county by allowing homeschooled children more inclusion to the programs offered? What are your views on homeschooling? Do you support it or are you against it, and why?
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- Literature Review Action Research Proposal 9 Romanowski (2006) reveals the common myths about homeschooling and why some people are against it. Teacher Magazine (1995) had good information on parents of homeschooled children fighting for their rights for access to schools. Hawkins (1996) relates the argument of homeschoolers having limited equal access to schools and shows examples of schools that are having success with the open door policy.
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- Literature Review Action Research Proposal 10 Williams and Guenzler (1997) argues for and against homeschoolers inclusion into music classes at Florida schools who have opened their doors to include homeschoolers to participate in band. Plencnik (2007) looks at how North Carolina schools have opened their doors to homeschoolers and the positive affects. Lines (200) shows examples in Washington State where partnerships are forming between homeschoolers and public schools.
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- Literature Review Action Research Proposal 11 Authors of the study Williams, K E; Guenzler, r Plencnik, J Title of the study Point EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION Purpose of the study Presents arguments for and against homeschooled students to participate in music programs State constitutional and statutory rights of private and homeschooled students to participate in public school programs Pertinent findings that support your project The State of Florida is allowing homeschooled students inclusion into non-sports activities The article shows examples of how homeschooled students fought for their educational rights
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- Literature Review Action Research Proposal 12 Hawkins, D Teacher Magazine Terpstra, M Homeschool Battles Homeschoolers seek open-door policy A Homeschool/ school district partnership Discusses how homeschoolers across America would like to participate in some activities available at traditional schools Parents who educate their children at home want access to public schools Discusses a partnership in Ames, Iowa Shows how some schools have opened their doors to homeschoolers for activities This article shows arguments for and against opening the doors to public schools Shows the benefits of an open door policy and also some of the problems
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- Literature Review Action Research Proposal 13 Lines, P Romanowski, M When Homeschoolers go to school: a partnership between families and schools Undoing the Us vs. Them of public and homeschooling Focuses on the partnership between public school professionals and home schooling parents Discusses the growth of homeschooling, problems, the competition, and the need to understand each other Several schools are opening their doors for specific classes and activities Shows both sides of the story and a need to understand each others responsibilities
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- Action Goal Action Research Proposal 14 The goal of the intervention is to increase awareness to the community so that homeschooled children have more access to the public schools extra curricular activities. A four- pronged intervention will be implemented to meet the goal which includes home schooled student surveys, teacher surveys, school administration surveys, and discussing the plan and the benefits of the plan with local businesses.
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- Selected Solutions Action Research Proposal 15 To accomplish the goal of this plan the following instructions will be used. Allowing the school administration to take the survey will show the school that there is a need to open the doors for certain extracurricular activities for homeschooled children. The surveys for the homeschooled children will be shared with the administration so they can see what the local homeschooled children would like to be included in at the school. Teachers will also see that there is need for these homeschooled children to have some access to the activities that they can not get anywhere else. Creating interest by the local business owners will increase awareness at the school board meetings.
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- Calendar Plan Action Research Proposal 16 Week 1: August 1 - August 5: Initial reflection. Week 2: August 6 August 8: Review of literature. August 9 August 10: Contact principal and school district review board to secure permissions for study. Week 3: August 13 August 17: Gather baseline data (extracurricular activities available at the school) Conference with school board on August 17th. Week 4: August 20 - 22: Phone parents to discuss action research study. Meet local homeschooled children and parents at the library to complete permission forms. Give surveys to the children. Follow-up phone calls to parents if necessary. August 23 : First contract phase. Give surveys to teachers and administrative staff. August 24: Collect surveys from staff and teachers. Week 5: August 27: Meet with local business to discuss goals of the action research. August 28: Meet with local school board to discuss findings. August 29- 31: Writing results and putting the action research report/paper together. Week 6: September 4 8: Revisions of the paper.
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