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Action Research

Action Research presentation

Jacobo Nitsch

on 27 October 2013

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What is this?
Action Research is any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers, principals, school counselors, or other stakeholders in the teaching/learning environment to gather information about how there particular school operate, how they teach, and how well students learn. (Mills, 2003)
1. Identify an area of focus.
2. Collect data.
3.Analyze and interpret data.
4.Develop an action plan.
(Mills, 2003, pg. 5)
Action Research engages teachers in four-steps process:
Critical Action Research

Critical Action Research, also know as emancipatory action research, goal is to liberate through knowledge gathering. The term critical action research derives its name from the body of critical theory which it is based on. The rationale for critical action reacher is provide by critical theory in the social sciences and humanities and by theory of postmodernism.
The interests of critical action research include:
1. A interest in processes for enlightenment.
2. A interest in liberating individuals from the dictates of tradition, habit, and bureaucracy.
3. A commitment to participatory democratic processes for reform.
(Mills, 2003)
Practical Action Research
Practical Action Research is concerned with the "how-to" approach to the process of action research and has a less philosophical.
(Mills, 2003)
Theoretical Foundations of Action Research
How teachers could
Self - Reflection
Reflections on teaching as
a basis for research
Finding reasons for doing research
Interest how students learn
In reality my class is
doing well?
Selecting and developing research question
brainstorming, what if questions
Setting & context
Teaching strategies and context
Visions and hopes for Teaching
How would I describe
myself like a teacher?
begin to inquire?
Wanting to innovate in a curriculum area
Desire for change in one's teaching
Search for connections & meaning in one's work.

- Studying effect of technology on students’ enthusiasm
- Pre- and post-student and parent surveys
- Integration of technology into a middle school science curriculum
- School was awarded a $115,000 grant to purchase technological equipment for students
- Students now grow up in a world filled with

-Eight Grade Science Teacher at a middle school in North Florida
-Teaches five science classes a day, used 7th period class for research study
-Survey was distributed to gauge students’ enthusiasm level towards science at the beginning of the course (Surveys were giving to students and parents)

- The following questioned were asked:

How do you like learning science?
How have you liked learning science so far this year?
How enthusiastic are you about exploring science at home?
(Students were asked to rate their answers to each question using a scale of 1 to 5. The scale was represented by (1) a very unenthusiastic response, (2) an unenthusiastic response, (3) indifference, (4) an enthusiastic response, and (5) a very enthusiastic response.)

-First 6th week technology was not incorporated, was incorporated the second 6 weeks

-Once the technology was incorporated students engagement level went up significantly.
Effect of Technology on Enthusiasm for Learning Science
Jane L. Hollis.
Research Planning
Designing a research proposal
Doing overview of literature
Trying out some strategy in the classroom
Collecting information
Analyzing & interpreting data
Writing up the findings
action research is developed through a self-reflective spiral of: planning, acting; observing, reflecting and then replanning
Planning a research study
5w's about collecting
1H about analyzing
Data collection
What do I see?
What do I need to know that I cannot always see?
What does it mean?
shadow studies
Field notes
Video, photographs, and recordings
Analysis of artifacts: protocols for looking at student work
Focus Group
Participant observation:
Active participant observer
Privileged, active observer
Passive observer
Data collection considerations
Data Analysis techniques
Identifying themes
Asking key questions
Concept mapping
Analyzing antecedents and consequences
Displaying Findings
Using computer software
Data interpretation
Curriculum in class
Integrating knowledge
The affective curriculum
Active engagement in curriculum making
Musgrove, K. & Nitsch, J.
Dr. Schmidt
Thank you
Hearing a Voice: Results of a Participatory Action Research Study
Claudia J. Dold and Richard A. Chapman

- Study designed to evaluate the level of interest in Participatory Action Research (PAR) for
- Showed the results of a study and then a survey conducted at two different conference during
- Results of the study present insight into the world of service providers, beneficiaries, and
advocates for children who have mental health issues

The following questioned were ask:

1. How are you involved in the system of care? [circle all that apply]:
As a provider of services;
As a researcher or evaluator;
As a youth who has used services;
As an administrator or policy-maker;
As a family member of a young person who has received services;

As an advocate:
2. What do you see as the main benefits of involving youth with mental health challenges in
research and evaluation?

3. What do you see as the main drawbacks of involving youth with mental health challenges in
research and evaluation?

4. How often have you seen youth with mental health challenges participate in research or
evaluation in each of these roles? [Circle the answer that applies]
As an informant: Never Occasionally Often
As a research assistant: Never Occasionally Often
As a research partner: Never Occasionally Often

5. Do you have any recommendations for how to increase the involvement of youth with mental
health challenges in research and evaluation?

Several themes among the responses concerning the benefits and drawbacks of PAR were
1. Empowerment of the youth to educated the general population regarding metal health issues
2. Investment by youth in the services provided to them
3. How others view them and there expectations
4. The process of dealing with the added expensive of treatment, transportation to that treatment,
and any other expenses
Muchas Gracias
Types of research questions:
Extend the analysis
Connect Findings
Seek the Advice of Critical friends
Turn in theory
Active participant observer
Privileged Active Observer
Passive Observer
Participant observer
The hardest thing to see is what's in front of your eres, Goethe
Attitude scales
Open coding

Axial coding

Selective coding
Doing an organizational review
Computer software
Concept Mapping
Analyzing antecedents and consequences
Displaying findings
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