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
For my research project, data collection will be two-fold. I am interested in gathering data on how my method of using technology is affecting their grade in my math class. Daily assignments and periodical assessments will be recorded automatically in the online web resource I am using so there should be no issue with collecting … Continue reading Week 5: How will data collection ‘look’ for me? What challenges am I anticipating?
It was nice to hear that Erika had some personal reaction to my research topic of technology in math education. She struggled in math class, as well as quite a few students in math class over the years, and wonders if more technology would have helped. I had the chance to read the new proposal … Continue reading Week 4 Reflection
As I searched for literature to give me some perspective on the topic of technology use in math education the way I interpreted it, I began to realize that there has been quite a bit of research done over the years in this area. Technology has been existent for decades (centuries?) in many forms in … Continue reading Week 4: What literature will inform your research?
It was great to read my classmates blogs about their research ideas and what they plan to do to begin. I have begun to do a little research on my topic (computer-based math) and I have determined that it is not quite what I envisioned the topic would be. First, "computer-based math" is a phrase … Continue reading Week 3 Reflection
After getting notification of the format of our action research assignment from my instructor, it was clear that there are five particular parts that are required for my research. They are Introduction Literature Review Questions to be addressed Methodology Results with discussion The topic I have chosen for my action research is computer-based math. At … Continue reading Week 3: What will you have to know and do to begin your research?
It was difficult to choose an area that would interest me. After taking courses for a year in the Learning Design and Technology Masters program, I have come to learn about a wide variety of emerging technologies to this point, and I wanted to investigate a relatively “new” emerging elearning technology. My certification and current … Continue reading Individualized Learning Program Proposal
It was nice to read my colleagues' blogs about this week's topic on qualitative research and it's relation to classroom research. They had their own perspective on its importance in education, specifically the classroom teacher. I have to admit that this week's essential question caught me off guard. As a math teacher for many years, … Continue reading Week 2 Reflection