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Action Research Proposal

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Action Research Proposal

Improving inclusive classrooms: Using assistive technology to advance high risk students

Area of focus
The area of focus in this study according to the researcher is to:
Resolve issues that children with disabilities face.
Incorporate technology into the classroom curriculum.
Motivate disabled students to function well among others.
Address the difficulties in an inclusive classroom setting.
Improve physical, social, and emotional skills through tactics and devices.
Locus of control
During this action research plan, the locus of control will be the initial observation and gathering of informal data (qualitative) from lead teachers. The intervention will follow once all observations have been made on the individual's daily characteristics of the disabled children and again as a collective whole. Lastly, once the intervention has been implemented by staff, parents are asked to fill out a survey of practices that are continued at home and what works best for their child's level of learning. Teachers and facilitators will then group statistics on finding that are similar to use in inclusive practices (Ruffina and Kuyini, 2012).
Negotiations
Teachers will use consistent sensitivity among all students in the classroom. Teachers are to stay abreast of operation of the devices being used by students with disabilities to assist them properly during system functions. As a researcher, there must be verbal or written permission to conduct a study on someone, informing them of their rights as well (Mills, 2014).
Ethics
The researcher will not manipulate any judgment made by the participant, to determine a successful or unsuccessful outcome. Beneficence ensures a natural well-being of the participant, not promoting harm in any manner to execute judgement towards the outcome of the study. Informed consent gives the participant knowledge of the study and its function.
Timeline
The time of this entire process will take up to two months to complete. This will give all children a swift adjustment time frame. The researcher will construct multiple strategic methods of learning gearing towards the teacher's lesson plan successfully completely expected objectives on observations.
Intervention/Innovation
In order to assist both special needs children in once class, the plan entails working closely with the teacher, parent, and occupational therapist to determine both students' weaknesses and strengths. The intervention process finds out the students:
personal interest
development level
level they wish to currently reach
Parents will answer a questionnaire of how they feel their child learns best at home using close-ended and open-ended questions.
Group membership
Teacher
Role is to facilitate learning among students in the classroom.
Importance of the teacher is building and molding a bright future in all subjects that are age appropriate. Teach what you want students to learn and implement a success plan.
Responsibility of the teacher is to present themselves as a constant role model that is viewed daily among young learners.
Head start eligible students from ages 3-5 years.
A challenging demographic is harder to express thoughts and language.
Total of 20 students including 2 disabled students.
1. Will an inclusive learning environment become more distracting or beneficial for gifted and disabled students?

2. Are the different learning techniques or strategies used more or less effective?

3. Are students more prone to become self-sufficient with less help from teachers with skills such as learning concepts and decision making?
Variables
Explanation of problem
Early intervention makes a difference when a child has a developing disability in which they are trying to get accustomed (Landrum, 2013). An investigation will begin with a hypothesis of creating a lesson plan that will include both regular students and students with special needs. The use of assistive technology would argue for a universal approach in advocating for children with disabilities. Students with mild disabilities are supported by the staff's ability to fit the need of each individual student, although the likelihood of discrimination is set higher for inclusive classrooms (Rourke and Houghton, 2006).
Research Questions
Pen
Pencil
Questionnaires
Surveys
Notepad
Ipad that contains low vision features and apps for autistic learners.
Data collection
According to Mills (2014), the researcher will compile all qualitative information taken from observations and field notes, composed as a passive observer. The researcher will collect surveys from the teachers prior to recommended treatment.
Data collection
After a recommendation has been made, parents will have the option of completing a questionnaire that will positively or negatively help innovate a better system that disabled students in the future can easily transition into a multi-cultural classroom independently (Lipsky and Gartner, 1997).
References
Landrum R.E., (2013). Research design for educators: Real-world connections and applications. San

Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Mills, G.E., (2014). Action research: A guide for the teacher researcher (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson

Education, Inc.

Lipsky, D. K., Gartner, Alan. (1997). Inclusion and school reform: Transforming America's classrooms.

Baltimore, MD: Brooks Publishing Co.

Rourke, John., Houghton, Stephen. (2006). Students with mild disabilities in regular classrooms.

Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. University of Western Australia, Australia.

DOI. 10.1080/13668250601050310

Ruffina, David., Kuyini, A. B. (2012). Social inclusion: Teachers as facilitators in peer acceptance of students with

disabilities in regular classrooms. International Journal of Special Education. V21(2). Pg. 157-168.
Parent
Role is to nurture students and guide them in the right path to learn.
Importance of the parent is to continue the learning process at home.
Responsibility of the parent is to encourage them to read and write and advocate ways of learning such as study habits and reading.
Student
Role is to learn the basic material needed for success.
Importance of the student is to ask questions for clarity and use classroom etiquette. It is also important for the students to move forward with 21st century learning skills.
Responsibility of the student is to become aware of different ethic groups and show patience while others are learning.
Staff
Role is to accommodate students and make sure that their learning environment is safe and adequate for learning.
Importance of the staff is to monitor student progress in order to address needs of the school and community .
Responsibility of the staff is to ensure availability and assistance of the necessary tools for a productive learning outcome.

Statement of resources
LaShara Robinson
Edu 671
Dr. Wanda Fernandopulle
10/20/14
Action Research Proposal
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