Statistics, Action Research, and Inquiry into Effective Practices, III
This course builds on prior courses in statistics and action research. The course reviews earlier concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, and includes additional topics in the analysis of cross-tabulated data and in the analysis of correlational relationships between dependent and independent variables. Students will do critical reading of research on instructional practices in elementary mathematics, and will complete the design of their own action research investigations.
Extend knowledge of commonly used study designs and statistical measures
Demonstrate understanding of several approaches to measuring the effect of intervention, including correlation, linear regression, and chi square.
Demonstrate ability to choose and construct appropriate graphs and charts.
Apply understanding of statistics to the interpretation of published research.
Exploration of major themes and issues in elementary math instruction
Locate, review, and reflect on educational research related to action research issues.
Demonstrate informed, flexible viewpoints about effective teaching practices based on in-depth understanding of current research.
Finalization of Action Research Projects
Refine, present, and request specific feedback on action research projects.
Mathematics Teacher Leadership Skills
Demonstrate independent initiative, intellectual flexibility and collegial support.
General principle guiding
Each day’s focus for instruction and discussion will be
based upon data generated in a class activity, and we will use published literature to examine related analyses.
Day One: Objectives: The focus of the opening day of class includes a review of descriptive statistics. Additionally, participants will review action research papers from VMI graduates, identifying the components of an action research paper and examining the statistics used in the various studies. Time will be spent in the library conducting research around possible topics of study. Participants will: 1. Review the essentials of descriptive statistics from Action Research and Statistics II. 2. Review descriptive statistics as it applies to assessment. 3. Extend interpretation of standardized scores to fundamental ideas about reliability from psychometrics, especially the correlation between true scores and observed scores. 4.
Explore the question, “what does a test measure?”