Here is the link to my final report of my action research. It's a Google doc. AR Project Report Enjoy reading! Don't be afraid to comment below... Oh yeah, here is a link to a short video of what my students are doing in this AR! AR Video Hope you like it!
I have had a difficult time focusing on my AR project since I have finished writing it recently, and I had to focus on my other course project most of this last week. I am excited to read other classmates reports this week. I hope people will read my action research with an open mind. … Continue reading Week 12 Reflection
source: http://www.drhartnell.com/step-by-step-guide.html “Regardless of the audience for which it is written, the final report must engage the reader and stimulate attention and interest. Descriptive narrative, anecdotes, personalized observations, and vignettes make for livelier reading than a long recitation of statistical measures and indicators.” (Silverstein and Sharp, 1997) I sort of hate to repeat myself, but … Continue reading Week 12: What are the characteristics of an engaging Action Research Report?
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