Lights, Camera, Action Research!Research as Faculty Development Series Sponsored by AMATYC’s Research Committee<br />Dr. A...
2<br />Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (Geoffrey Mills, 2000)<br />
Question for the Audience…<br />Which one of the following best describes your experience with action research?<br />3<br />
My story…<br />How has research changed my practice?<br />Why is research needed/desired in community colleges?<br />4<br />
Webinar Agenda<br />What is action research?<br />Origins<br />Affordances<br />Action research process<br />Identifying a...
What is action research?<br />“…any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers…to gather information about…how th...
What is action research?<br />“…any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers…to gather information about…how th...
Research Paradigms<br />8<br />Mixed Methods<br />
Origins of action research<br />Kurt Lewin (coined the phrase “action research” circa 1940’s)<br />Rooted in John Dewey’s ...
Action Research Process<br />10<br />
Action Research Process<br />11<br />
Action Research Process<br />12<br />
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18<br />Write down 3 possible phenomena that you would like to investigate…type one idea in the chat room!<br />
Identifying Area of Focus<br />19<br />
Identifying Area of Focus<br />20<br />
Identifying Area of Focus<br />21<br />
Identifying Area of Focus<br />22<br />
Identifying Area of Focus<br />23<br />
Question for the Audience…<br />Which one of the following journals do you read regularly?<br />24<br />
Identifying Area of Focus<br />25<br />Research Question(s)<br />
Developing Research Questions<br />Examples:<br />In what ways do students think about exponential growth?<br />What are d...
Data Collection<br />27<br />
Data Collection Methodology<br />Survey students<br />Use developed survey (VAMS, for example)<br />One-minute paper<br />...
29<br /><ul><li>Identify a focus
Internal & External Reflection
Create research question(s)
Present findings of action research project
Form small groups, if possible
Obtain IRB approval
Conduct investigation
Analyze data</li></ul>Timeline<br />May 6<br />March 4<br />March-May<br />
30<br /><ul><li>Identify a focus
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Lights, Camera, Action Research!

  1. 1. Lights, Camera, Action Research!Research as Faculty Development Series Sponsored by AMATYC’s Research Committee<br />Dr. April Strom, Scottsdale Community College<br />1<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (Geoffrey Mills, 2000)<br />
  3. 3. Question for the Audience…<br />Which one of the following best describes your experience with action research?<br />3<br />
  4. 4. My story…<br />How has research changed my practice?<br />Why is research needed/desired in community colleges?<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Webinar Agenda<br />What is action research?<br />Origins<br />Affordances<br />Action research process<br />Identifying an area of focus<br />5<br />
  6. 6. What is action research?<br />“…any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers…to gather information about…how they teach and how their students learn” (Mills, 2000, p.6).<br />6<br />Teacher as Researcher<br />Teacher as Learner<br />
  7. 7. What is action research?<br />“…any systematic inquiry conducted by teacher researchers…to gather information about…how they teach and how their students learn” (Mills, 2000, p.6).<br />7<br />Teacher as Researcher<br />Teacher as Learner<br />
  8. 8. Research Paradigms<br />8<br />Mixed Methods<br />
  9. 9. Origins of action research<br />Kurt Lewin (coined the phrase “action research” circa 1940’s)<br />Rooted in John Dewey’s progressive education movement<br />9<br />John Dewey<br />Kurt Lewin<br />
  10. 10. Action Research Process<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Action Research Process<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Action Research Process<br />12<br />
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  14. 14. 14<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />
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  17. 17. 17<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Write down 3 possible phenomena that you would like to investigate…type one idea in the chat room!<br />
  19. 19. Identifying Area of Focus<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Identifying Area of Focus<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Identifying Area of Focus<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Identifying Area of Focus<br />22<br />
  23. 23. Identifying Area of Focus<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Question for the Audience…<br />Which one of the following journals do you read regularly?<br />24<br />
  25. 25. Identifying Area of Focus<br />25<br />Research Question(s)<br />
  26. 26. Developing Research Questions<br />Examples:<br />In what ways do students think about exponential growth?<br />What are developmental students’ mathematical beliefs and affect?<br />What are the problem solving behaviors of College Algebra students?<br />26<br />
  27. 27. Data Collection<br />27<br />
  28. 28. Data Collection Methodology<br />Survey students<br />Use developed survey (VAMS, for example)<br />One-minute paper<br />Code open-ended tests, homework sets, other student artifacts<br />Open & axial coding (Strauss & Corbin, 1998)<br />Conduct semi-structured student interviews (Goldin, 2000)<br />28<br />
  29. 29. 29<br /><ul><li>Identify a focus
  30. 30. Internal & External Reflection
  31. 31. Create research question(s)
  32. 32. Present findings of action research project
  33. 33. Form small groups, if possible
  34. 34. Obtain IRB approval
  35. 35. Conduct investigation
  36. 36. Analyze data</li></ul>Timeline<br />May 6<br />March 4<br />March-May<br />
  37. 37. 30<br /><ul><li>Identify a focus
  38. 38. Internal & External Reflection
  39. 39. Create research question(s)
  40. 40. Present findings of action research project
  41. 41. Form small groups, if possible
  42. 42. Obtain IRB approval
  43. 43. Conduct investigation
  44. 44. Analyze data</li></ul>Timeline<br />May 6<br />March 4<br />March-May<br />
  45. 45. 31<br /><ul><li>Identify a focus
  46. 46. Internal & External Reflection
  47. 47. Create research question(s)
  48. 48. Present findings of action research project
  49. 49. Form small groups, if possible
  50. 50. Obtain IRB approval
  51. 51. Conduct investigation
  52. 52. Analyze data</li></ul>Timeline<br />May 6<br />March 4<br />March-May<br />
  53. 53. 32<br /><ul><li>Identify a focus
  54. 54. Internal & External Reflection
  55. 55. Create research question(s)
  56. 56. Present findings of action research project
  57. 57. Form small groups, if possible
  58. 58. Obtain IRB approval
  59. 59. Conduct investigation
  60. 60. Analyze data</li></ul>Timeline<br />May 6<br />March 4<br />March-May<br />
  61. 61. Question for the Audience…<br />Which one of the following best describes your interest level for engaging in an active research project?<br />33<br />
  62. 62. Resources<br />AMATYC Research Symposium Videoshttp://www.amatyc.org/Events/conferences/2010Boston/<br />34<br />
  63. 63. Resources<br />RMETYC Newsletter Blog<br />http://rmetyc.blogspot.com/<br />Note: Research resources will be posted on blog!<br />35<br />
  64. 64. References<br />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.<br />Mills, G. (2000). Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.<br />Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.<br />36<br />
  65. 65. Thank you!Questions?<br />Dr. April Strom<br />april.strom@sccmail.maricopa.edu<br />37<br />

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