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Mills Chapter 08

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  • 1. 8-1 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. 8-2 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Chapter 8 Writing Up Action Research
  • 3. 8-3 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Why?  Clarification: Writing helps us better understand the story  Validation as educator  Empowerment as agent of change  Generativity: A permanent, accessible record  Accomplishment
  • 4. 8-4 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Format and Style  Format: general pattern of organization and arrangement  Style: rules of grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and word processing
  • 5. 8-5 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. APA Style Manual  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association  most widely accepted by colleges, universities, journals
  • 6. 8-6 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Writing Rituals  May be irrational or magical  writing can only occur between 7am and 12pm  writing can only be done longhand using a blue pen and white legal pad  the house must be clean before writing can start  everything must be in order before writing can start
  • 7. 8-7 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Establish a Writing Routine  Make writing part of your professional life and responsibility.
  • 8. 8-8 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Tips for Avoiding Writing
  • 9. 8-9 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Tips to Help Write  Write at the same time every day.  Write your story as though you are sending an email to a friend.  Tell a story as you write.  Write the way you talk.  Organize your thoughts using an outline.  Don’t worry about grammatical errors in the early stages.
  • 10. 8-10 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Tips to Help Write  Write whatever comes to mind.  Write boldly, then say it again—better.  Write, edit, rewrite, re-edit.  Remember that nobody knows your work better than you do.  Edit after you have all your thoughts on paper.  Accept that your first draft is not your last draft.
  • 11. 8-11 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Outline, Action Research Report  Area-of-focus statement  Related literature  Definition of variables  Research questions  Description of intervention or innovation
  • 12. 8-12 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Outline, Action Research Report  Data collection  Data considerations  Data analysis and interpretation  Action plan
  • 13. 8-13 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Other Structures  Journals include “Notes for Contributors”  Requirements differ depending on journal
  • 14. 8-14 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Action Research Journals
  • 15. 8-15 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. General Guidelines for Submissions to Journals  Attend to the context of your study.  Use a clear, reader-friendly style.  Attend to structure and style of published research.  Include a brief description of what you did.  Write in an honest, open manner.
  • 16. 8-16 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. General Guidelines for Submissions to Journals  Keep readers’ attention.  Follow professional format and style — but also  Use the structure and writing style for the specific journal.
  • 17. 8-17 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Digital Research Tools for the 21st century  Managing Citations  RefWorks  Zotero  Endnote
  • 18. 8-18 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Self-Assessment  Organization and use of conventions  Area of focus  Data collection  Review of literature  Context  Writing style  Action plan
  • 19. 8-19 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Integrating Teaching, Research, Writing  Journal-writing time  “Down time” in school  Professional development days  Vacation  Time dedicated to grant writing
  • 20. 8-20 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. “How long?”  For submission to journal  2,500 to 3,500 words  For distribution to local colleagues  brief summary
  • 21. 8-21 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Seeking Feedback  Questions to promote feedback from friends and colleagues:  Does the write-up provide a complete picture of the research?  Is the write-up reader-friendly?  Is the write-up engaging?  Will someone (besides loved ones) want to read it?  Do not expect your friends and colleagues to do your editing for you.
  • 22. 8-22 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. The Title  Make it memorable.  Use it to provide a focus for your writing.
  • 23. 8-23 Mills Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, 5e © 2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Concluding Thoughts  Polish your text.  Do not hurry.

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