Kritsonis research pipelinePresentation Transcript
Developing A Research Pipeline: Increasing The Special Education Knowledge Base William Allan Kritsonis, PhD Professor PhD Program in Educational Leadership Prairie View A&M University The Texas A&M University System Author: Robert B. Cooter, Jr. The University of Memphis (Article Review) National Forum of Teacher Education Journal Volume 17, Numbers 1&2 2007
The purpose of this article is to outline a sequentially useful method in identifying and successfully implementing a productive, pragmatic, and publishable writing and research agenda.
1. The importance of professional writing and research for educators
2. Define research pipeline?
3. Six steps to create individual “Cylinders”
4. The spigot: Publication
5. Some final thoughts
The academic triad: Teaching , Scholarship , and Service .
Educators who do not succeed in professional writing and cannot establish an ongoing research may (1) stifle the professional growth, (2) influence the opportunity of the tenure and promotion, or even (3) end their careers.
Research Pipeline Concept
It begins with the creation of a reservoir of researchable ideas
Flows into the selection of a worthwhile problem to investigate
Continues on to the various stages of designing a study
Exits through a spigot of publishing activities.
Six Steps to Create Individual Cylinders C1: Enter through the classroom C2: Problem identification & Validity Screen C3: Literature Review C4: Select Research Design C5: Implement Experiment; Data Analysis C6: Present paper to a learned society Publication
Cylinder I Enter the pipeline through the classroom
The way to identify worthy researchable topics is to immerse oneself in the life of the classroom.
Living within a classroom culture will cause ideas to ferment.
Cylinder II Problem Identification using a “Validity Screen”
Maintain a consistent theme – Focus .
The best way to choose a researchable topic is to use practicing teachers as a kind of validity screen .
Master teachers have a ability to help the researcher discern what is germane to classroom realities and, conversely.
Cylinder III The literature review
The purpose of the literature review is to locate and summarize all related to the topic in your investigation.
Function: Inform readers about prior research, contributions of the new study being reported to the knowledge base, and suggest future avenues for research.
Cylinder IV Research design selection
It is difficult to have expertise in the research field and be equally well-versed in quantitative (qualitative) research design and statistics at the same time.
Solution: cooperate with outsource .
Cylinder V Study implementation and data analysis
Rich description tempered by the power of statistical analysis is an effective modus operandi to use as one’s basic formula.
Cylinder VI Paper presentation to a learned society
Present finding to peers and record their feedback.
How to get the feedback—write your email on the cover sheet.
Ask for help, even strangers.
The Spigot: Publication
Find a fit journal
Draft the article using the prescribed form which is available online or upon request form the journal editor
Follow the guidelines
Some Final Thoughts
No one-size-fits-all formula for professional writing
Organize common elements used by many social science research into a cogent paradigm
A research pipeline has the potential of helping scholars develop insightful research