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Lights, Camera, Action Research!

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  • 1. Lights, Camera, Action Research!Research as Faculty Development Series Sponsored by AMATYC’s Research Committee
    Dr. April Strom, Scottsdale Community College
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    Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (Geoffrey Mills, 2000)
  • 3. Question for the Audience…
    Which one of the following best describes your experience with action research?
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  • 4. My story…
    How has research changed my practice?
    Why is research needed/desired in community colleges?
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  • 5. Webinar Agenda
    What is action research?
    Origins
    Affordances
    Action research process
    Identifying an area of focus
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  • 6. What is action research?
    “…any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers…to gather information about…how they teach and how their students learn” (Mills, 2000, p.6).
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    Teacher as Researcher
    Teacher as Learner
  • 7. What is action research?
    “…any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers…to gather information about…how they teach and how their students learn” (Mills, 2000, p.6).
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    Teacher as Researcher
    Teacher as Learner
  • 8. Research Paradigms
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    Mixed Methods
  • 9. Origins of action research
    Kurt Lewin (coined the phrase “action research” circa 1940’s)
    Rooted in John Dewey’s progressive education movement
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    John Dewey
    Kurt Lewin
  • 10. Action Research Process
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  • 11. Action Research Process
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  • 12. Action Research Process
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    Write down 3 possible phenomena that you would like to investigate…type one idea in the chat room!
  • 19. Identifying Area of Focus
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  • 20. Identifying Area of Focus
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  • 21. Identifying Area of Focus
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  • 22. Identifying Area of Focus
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  • 23. Identifying Area of Focus
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  • 24. Question for the Audience…
    Which one of the following journals do you read regularly?
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  • 25. Identifying Area of Focus
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    Research Question(s)
  • 26. Developing Research Questions
    Examples:
    In what ways do students think about exponential growth?
    What are developmental students’ mathematical beliefs and affect?
    What are the problem solving behaviors of College Algebra students?
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  • 27. Data Collection
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  • 28. Data Collection Methodology
    Survey students
    Use developed survey (VAMS, for example)
    One-minute paper
    Code open-ended tests, homework sets, other student artifacts
    Open & axial coding (Strauss & Corbin, 1998)
    Conduct semi-structured student interviews (Goldin, 2000)
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    • Identify a focus
    • 30. Internal & External Reflection
    • 31. Create research question(s)
    • 32. Present findings of action research project
    • 33. Form small groups, if possible
    • 34. Obtain IRB approval
    • 35. Conduct investigation
    • 36. Analyze data
    Timeline
    May 6
    March 4
    March-May
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    • Identify a focus
    • 38. Internal & External Reflection
    • 39. Create research question(s)
    • 40. Present findings of action research project
    • 41. Form small groups, if possible
    • 42. Obtain IRB approval
    • 43. Conduct investigation
    • 44. Analyze data
    Timeline
    May 6
    March 4
    March-May
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    • Identify a focus
    • 46. Internal & External Reflection
    • 47. Create research question(s)
    • 48. Present findings of action research project
    • 49. Form small groups, if possible
    • 50. Obtain IRB approval
    • 51. Conduct investigation
    • 52. Analyze data
    Timeline
    May 6
    March 4
    March-May
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    • Identify a focus
    • 54. Internal & External Reflection
    • 55. Create research question(s)
    • 56. Present findings of action research project
    • 57. Form small groups, if possible
    • 58. Obtain IRB approval
    • 59. Conduct investigation
    • 60. Analyze data
    Timeline
    May 6
    March 4
    March-May
  • 61. Question for the Audience…
    Which one of the following best describes your interest level for engaging in an active research project?
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  • 62. Resources
    AMATYC Research Symposium Videoshttp://www.amatyc.org/Events/conferences/2010Boston/
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  • 63. Resources
    RMETYC Newsletter Blog
    http://rmetyc.blogspot.com/
    Note: Research resources will be posted on blog!
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  • 64. References
    Goldin, G. (2000). A scientific perspective on structured, task-based interviews in mathematics education research. In A. E. Kelly & R. Lesh (Eds.), Handbook of research design in mathematics and science education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
    Mills, G. (2000). Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
    Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
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  • 65. Thank you!Questions?
    Dr. April Strom
    april.strom@sccmail.maricopa.edu
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