Action Research Dissertation PresentationPresentation Transcript
The Action Research Dissertation Ten Things to Consider Adapted from Bob Dick’s (2000) Postgraduate programs using action research. http://scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arp/ppar.html
#1: Data-Driven Research Deals with the context and people in that context Goal: Use data to improve practice, reflect cycle Benefits to self and research context Increased practical qualifications Lit review/theory may come later Ongoing process
#2: Researcher as Performing Artist Learning from inquiry, experiences Advisors, committee as mentors, not directors Critical reflection Flexible, responsive Action Research Spiral The Action Research Spiral Kemmis, S. & McTaggart, R. (1988).
#3: Rigor Rigor can be subjective Contribution to knowledge Supported by research, evidence, theory Back to the spiral! Built in rigorous cycle
#4: Level of Involvement Not all AR in Education In education—more personal involvement Self Classroom School To what extent might you want to involve others?
#5: Data Collection Will depend on project Common: interviews, focus groups In Education: Student work Observations Activities Etc.
#6: Data Analysis Coding Interpretation Let the data speak to you! Keep rigor in mind!
#7: Rigor & Relevance Generalizability vs. transferability Relevance is key!
#8: The Write-Up In projects, lots of options In dissertations, more stringent requirements May have to fit into traditional framework Flexibility may be possible, connect to project Discuss with advisor/committee
#9: Procrastination Avoid it! The traps: Postponing data collection until literature complete Be cautious not to neglect literature, either! Postponing analysis until all data collected Postponing action until all data interpreted Postponing writing until all else complete
#10: Support Network Can meet with others in cohort or similar academic context Helps stave off loneliness and isolation Provides challenge and support Mediate teacher/student life Valuable for your learning!
For More Information… Bob Dick’s Action Research Resources website: http://scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/arhome.html Section on action research theses and dissertations: http://scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/art/arthome.html