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Version 4 Intro, Value & Methodology.

  1. 1. ACTION RESEARCH<br />This presentation looks at:<br />Purpose<br />Value<br />Methodology<br />Of Action research.<br />
  2. 2. Action research is ........<br /><ul><li>“A reflective process of progressive problem solving” (Action research,2009).
  3. 3. Systematic studies of children whilst in school to help aid more efficient teaching and address problems.(McDevitt & Ormond, 2010).</li></ul>Problem Solving – A quest for knowledge<br />
  4. 4. How do we define Action Research?<br /><ul><li>“A process in which participants examine their own educational practice systematically and carefully” (Ferrance, 2009).
  5. 5. A collaborative activity among teachers searching for solutions and improvements to identified problem areas. (Ferrance, 2009).</li></li></ul><li>Components of Action Research<br />The 5 C’S..<br /><ul><li>Commitment
  6. 6. Collaboration
  7. 7. Concern
  8. 8. Consideration
  9. 9. Change, (Borgia & Schuler, 1997).</li></li></ul><li>The value of Action Research.<br /><ul><li>Bridges the gap between theory and practice
  10. 10. Creates more positive relationships within the classroom
  11. 11. Enhances teachers professional growth and development
  12. 12. Facilitates teacher empowerment</li></li></ul><li>Action research bridges the gap between theory and practice through:<br /><ul><li>Direct observation
  13. 13. Study of a real problem or situation.
  14. 14. Acknowledgement of teachers daily needs</li></li></ul><li>Why is it that theories do not always help establish best practice?<br /><ul><li>Often they do not directly relate to classroom experience
  15. 15. May not meet daily needs/time constraints
  16. 16. Tends to focus on hypothetical situations</li></li></ul><li>Action research Creates more positive relationships within the classroom by;<br /><ul><li>Identifying and solving problems
  17. 17. Showing an interest in individual learning
  18. 18. Creating a more caring atmosphere
  19. 19. Improving practice to encourage more productive learning</li></li></ul><li>Enhancing teachers professional growth and development <br /><ul><li>Creates greater awareness
  20. 20. Improves knowledge and skills specific to classroom practice
  21. 21. Encourages development of new ideas.
  22. 22. Expansion of knowledge
  23. 23. Gives teachers ownership of their profession</li></li></ul><li>Action research helps teachers become empowered! <br /><ul><li>Make their own decisions about what is needed in the classroom
  24. 24. Have control over development of best practice
  25. 25. Improve practice, instilling a sense of power so positive changes can be made. </li></li></ul><li>Methodology of Action Research<br />
  26. 26. Develop Research Plan<br /><ul><li>Qualitative
  27. 27. Quantitative
  28. 28. Involvement
  29. 29. Permission
  30. 30. Training
  31. 31. Sensitivity
  32. 32. Confidentiality</li></li></ul><li>Data Collection<br /><ul><li>Relevance
  33. 33. Questionnaires
  34. 34. Interviews
  35. 35. Observations
  36. 36. Achievement Tests
  37. 37. Children’s Journals
  38. 38. Existing Records
  39. 39. Validity and Reliability</li></li></ul><li>Analyse and Interpret Data<br /><ul><li>Reduction of data
  40. 40. Relate to Research Question
  41. 41. Sort, Sift, Discard,</li></ul> Catalogue<br /><ul><li>Quantitative / Qualitative
  42. 42. Systematic search for Categories, Patterns, Themes </li></li></ul><li>Develop an Action Plan<br /><ul><li>Application of plan – </li></ul> individual / collaborative<br /><ul><li>Defined structure
  43. 43. Implement Strategies and Interventions carefully
  44. 44. Document plan and collect data</li></li></ul><li>Reflecting, Reviewing & Communicating<br /><ul><li>Critical and Systematic
  45. 45. Determine effectiveness of Action Plan
  46. 46. Ask questions
  47. 47. Share and Communicate Results</li>

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