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Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
Mills Chapter 04
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Mills Chapter 04

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  • 1. 4-1 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Action Research Geoffrey E. Mills Fifth Edition © 2014, 2011, 2007, 2003, 2000 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. A Guide for the Teacher Researcher
  • 2. 4-2 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Chapter 4 Data Collection Techniques
  • 3. 4-3 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Data Collection  Largely determined by the nature of the problem  qualitative  quantitative  mixed method
  • 4. 4-4 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Qualitative Data Collection Techniques
  • 5. 4-5 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 6. 4-6 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Interviews  Informal ethnographic  Structured formal  Focus group  E-mail  Questionnaire
  • 7. 4-7 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Questionnaires  Proofread carefully.  Avoid a sloppy presentation.  Avoid a lengthy questionnaire.  Do not ask unnecessary questions.  Use structured items with a variety of possible responses.  Whenever possible, include an “Other Comments” section.  Decide whether you want respondents to include names.
  • 8. 4-8 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Using and Making Records  Archival documents  attendance and retention rates  discipline referrals  standardized test scores  Journals  Maps, video and audio recordings, photos, film  Dictation software  Other artifacts
  • 9. 4-9 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Digital Research Tools for the 21st Century  Wikis  Blogs  Skype
  • 10. 4-10 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Quantitative Data Collection Techniques  Teacher-made tests  Standardized tests  School-generated report cards  Attitude scales  Likert scales  Semantic differential
  • 11. 4-11 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Online/Web-based Surveys  User-friendly online survey providers  SurveyMonkey  Zoomerang  LimeSurvey  eSurveysPro
  • 12. 4-12 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Triangulation  Use of multiple sources of data  “multi-instrument” approach
  • 13. 4-13 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Triangulation Matrix
  • 14. 4-14 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Realigning Your Focus  Other directions appear more interesting, relevant, or problematic  That’s fine —  Action research is intimate, open- ended, serendipitous  Action research is done to benefit you and the students

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