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Most teachers are not trained researchers nor do they want to be
Action Research is a way to answer a specific question for a:
Specific set of students
Specific curriculum intervention
Specific instructional tool or technology
Educators engaging in the process
Sharing with colleagues
Placing findings within the knowledge base (publication)
It’s Personal Growth
Learn more about research
Learn more about your students
Improve your classroom instruction
Teachers bring authenticity to research
Practical action research is viewed as more relevant and authentic for teachers. (Manfra, 2009, p. 38)
What is Action Research Anyway?
Action Research Definition #1
Sometimes known as “teacher research” which occurs when action research is used by teachers to investigate their own practice. (Manfra, 2009)
Action Research Definition #2
“ action research was suggested as a way to improve schools as early as the 1950s, the push toward more “rigorous” methods of research that rely on the scientific method” lessened interest in practitioner-based methodologies (Manfra, 2009 cited in Hendriks, p. 4)
Action Research Definition #3
“ Taking action and studying its consequences for student learning is the hallmark of action research. The action is intended to create change for the better and the study is intended to find out if it does.” (Johnson, 2005 cited in Manfra 2009, p. 60)
Action Research Definition #4
Context specific which helps to determine the conditions under which different teaching methods and curricula work best (Hendrick, 2009)
Action Research Definition #5
Australian educators used the term – educational action research (Manfra, 2009)
Action Research vs RESEARCH
No rigorous sampling required
No formal consent process to follow
Control groups encouraged but not necessary
Methods similar but not as restrictive
Decide on a research question
What is happening (or not) happening in your classroom
What specifically do you want to be informed about
Get organized and do some planning
Gather your data during implementation
Reflect and analyze the data collected
Prepare for sharing (publication)
Use what you learned to create a difference in your classroom and your teaching
What Works: A Practical Guide for Teacher Research by Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater and Bonnie S. Sunstein
Plair, S. K. (2007). What does the research really say?: Preparing perservice teachers for technology integration. MACUL Journal, 28(1), 16 - 18.
Action Research (Journal)
Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JiCI) January 2009, Volume 3, Number 1 is devoted to action research http:// www.joci.ecu.edu
Who may apply?
Active MACUL members who are PreK-20 classroom teachers, instructional support staff, teacher education faculty, and teacher education graduate students are eligible for the grant.
What is the award?
Through the Action Research Grant , the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning’s (MACUL) Professional Learning Special Interest Group will award each year $500.00 , to (at least) one applicant who demonstrates a commitment to classroom research in the area of educational technology.
What is the submission deadline?
Grants must be submitted by midnight on December 15, 2009. Awards will be announced by January 15, 2010. The winner will be contacted by February 1, 2010.
When will winners of grants be announced?
Winners will be announced at the March 2010 Conference during the SIGPL Annual Meeting.
What are the grant submission requirements?
Please refer to the SIGPL page at MACUL.org after September 2009 for specific details about the submission format. In general all submissions must include:
Presenter contact information
Description and rationale of the study
Copy of the consent form
Design of the study
Study findings or results
What is the submission process?
Submissions may be submitted online on the SIGPL page of the MACUL website. ( www.macul.org )
More details will be presented on the SIGPL page by September 2009 at the latest.
What are the responsibilities of grantee to MACUL and SIGPL?
Grantee must present at the 2010 Spring Conference and attend the SIGPL annual meeting. Optionally, the grantee may publish the study in the MACUL Journal.
Where to go for questions?
Contact one of the SIGPL officers listed on the SIGPL page at MACUL.org.