I've been very bad at writing reflections lately. It's been challenging to wait for comments on my own blog posts from my classmates, and reading other classmates blogs to make comments on theirs. As a class, we have diverged a little and we are all not on the same page, so to speak, but we … Continue reading Week 11 Reflection
"There is no standard format for reporting qualitative research." (Merriam and Tisdell, Kindle) After making such a statement, they do give some suggestions on how to proceed with writing a report of this type, and how to disseminate it. But first, I have to explain that my research is technically a mixed methods type, specifically … Continue reading Week 11: How will you format and disseminate your research?
Source: https://dragonflytraining.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/what-is-research-for-learning-rfl/ I had to chuckle when I came across this cartoon. How ironic that I would find this when I am writing about the validity, reliability, and ethics of action research! It does shed light on how we need to be careful about reporting our own AR results. Action research has some unique characteristics, … Continue reading Week 10: What primary concerns exist in ethics, validity and reliability in AR? How are you managing these concerns (or how will you) within your study?
The study I am conducting is an action research and according to Merriam and Tisdell, most researchers interview their participants at the end of the study. (Kindle) This precisely what I have done with a Google form that I have emailed my students this week. The process was quite easy, except for the wording of … Continue reading Week 9: How will you go about making sense of your data?
According to Merriam and Tisdell, documents such as instructors' lesson plans, student assignments, and official school grade reports and records assist in data mining. (Kindle) In education, there are five categories of data mining, according to Algarni. (2016) Lastly, according to Cheng (2016), there are three applications in educational data mining. They are Predicting student … Continue reading Week 8: How can data mining assist you in triangulating your research findings?
I still think it's challenging to observe your own class. I have noticed that I consciously know certain student's behaviors, and know what to expect (maybe I don't!), but it is very difficult to be a non-judgmental observer of your own class. I have had principals offer to observe classes in our school. It can … Continue reading Week 7 Reflection
I suppose the main observation about this week's topic of how to conduct interviews is that there are many ways to do this, and it depends on your intention. For our purposes in pursuing our research this semester, we want to gather information. I plan to survey my students in a few weeks, and I … Continue reading Week 6 Reflection
After reading the resources for this essential question, having the teacher be the observer puts a little bias towards the observation process. The teacher is quite involved with the students in a very powerful way. The students are very much affected by the mere presence of the teacher. I think the teacher, when making observations … Continue reading Week 7: What are the most important things to remember when observing your students?
The infographic above is mostly based on Turner's practical guide, but the other sources give similar information. I liked the title of the article because it indicated that it is a guide for "novice" investigators! Farber discussed another significant piece of the interview process that can be categorized as observations which can include studying personal … Continue reading Week 6: What are the most important things to remember in conducting interviews?
Well, it's been an interesting few days. I was relieved that a classmate that is a math teacher has pointed out that it will be challenging to write a survey about our action research area. I'm not familiar with writing surveys either, but I will make an attempt to look online to find some examples … Continue reading Week 5 Reflection