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Action Research - Reflective Teacher

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Action Research - Reflective Teacher

  1. 1. Using Action Research to Improve Your Teaching Practice and Become a Reflective Practitioner Dr. Mike Nantais Dr. Glenn Cockerline Faculty of Education Brandon University
  2. 2. 1. Introductions - who we are why we are here. - who they are & why they chose this session. 2. Overview of the agenda & session purpose 3. What is [Action] Research and what’s in it for ME? - T-P-S “research” - ACTION research - define & explain 1. The Action Research Process - an overview & contrast with ‘traditional’ research 2. The research purpose & question 3. How do you get there? Data: validity, reliability, triangulation, types of data 4. Action Research Process revisited 5. Where do YOU go from here? A g e n d a
  3. 3. The Manitoba Education Administration Act, states that a “teacher is responsible for ongoing professional development.”
  4. 4. What is “educational research”?
  5. 5. Action Research? Action research is the art of analysing and evaluating one’s own practice with a view to improving some aspect of it. Cockerline & Nantais (2015) A disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action. The primary reason for engaging in action research is to assist the actor [teacher] in improving or refining his or her actions. Sagor (2000)
  6. 6. An attempt to ‘formalize’ what teachers already do ... recognize ‘bias’ Personal
  7. 7. What is your AR question?
  8. 8. 4 stages of action research Plan • Problem • Research Questions • Indicators • Data Sources Action • Intervention • Data collection • ObservationReflection Analysis Analysis Informed Action Revised Plan Reflection 1
  9. 9. Common Differences Formal vs Action Goals of Research Universal Improved Knowledge Praxis Research Problem Building on Personal Knowledge Dilemma Research Design Essentially Cyclical Linear Application Theoretical Practical Significance Application
  10. 10. action research: a cyclical process Plan • Problem • Research Questions • Indicators • Data Sources Action • Intervention • Data collection • ObservationReflection Analysis Analysis Informed Action Revised Plan Reflection 1
  11. 11. Identifying the Problem and Developing Research Questions
  12. 12. A Good Action Research Question is self-reflective focused on actions or practice of the researcher contextual embedded in the day to day life of the researcher open-ended phrased to generate insights or understandings, not to prove a point
  13. 13. Will holding a family math night increase parent participation? How can I personalize instruction to match the needs of my students? Can I use discussion forums to encourage quiet students to participate in class discussions? Why don’t students do homework? If I listen to students, will I have better understanding of them? Good or Bad?
  14. 14. Is Your Question ... self-reflective focused on actions or practice of the researcher contextual embedded in the day to day life of the researcher open-ended phrased to generate insights or understandings, not to prove a point
  15. 15. Data Collection: Validity Does the data actually reflect the phenomena that it claims to?
  16. 16. Data Collection: Reliability Is the data accurate?
  17. 17. Draw a tree … GO! Activity!
  18. 18. http://pixabay.com/en/tree-pine-conifer-black- silhouette-306782/ http://pixabay.com/en/tree-silhouette-forest-oak- elm-309983/
  19. 19. Data Collection: Triangulation minimum 3 independent sources of data to ensure different perspectives Data Source Data Source Reliability Data Source
  20. 20. Data Collection: How wood you select your data sources? You need to choose data that will answer your research question!
  21. 21. Choose some data sources.
  22. 22. action research revisited Plan • Problem • Research Questions • Indicators • Data Sources Action • Intervention • Data collection • ObservationReflection Analysis Analysis Informed Action Revised Plan Reflection 1
  23. 23. Where do you go from here? he Manitoba Educational dministration Act states that “teacher is responsible for ngoing professional evelopment”.
  24. 24. Got queries? Mike Nantais NantaisM@BrandonU.ca @miken_bu Glenn Cockerline CockerlineG@BrandonU.ca @DocCoc

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