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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