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ACTION RESEARCH HOW TO DO ACTION RESEARCH IN YOUR CLASSROOM • action research is a disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action (teachers) • action research is a way for you to continue to grow and learn by making use of your own experiences • action research helps educators be more effective at what they care most about— their teaching and the development of their students • action research is a way of learning about yourself as a teacher, as a person, and as a guide to learning and development for your students • a process of enquiry by the teacher into the effectiveness of your own teaching and your students’ learning. • action research is research by particular people on their own work, to help them improve what they do, including how they work with and for others. Action Research Stages • • • • • • Identifying the problem Clarifying theories Identifying research questions Collecting data Analyzing data Reporting results • Selecting a focus - What aspect of your teaching or students learning do you wish to study? • Clarifying theories - What are some beliefs/theories related to the focus? • Identifying research questions - Generate a set of research questions (2- 3) • Collecting data Collect data using multiple independent sources to collect data (triangulation) - photographic evidence, audio/video recording - documents evidence – exercise/workbook/exam scripts - questionnaires - observation - diaries, journals or logs - Interaction analysis - Interviews (in person or by telephone) - Rating Scales - Sociograms • Analyzing data - identify the trends and patterns in action research data - what does the data tell - use user-friendly procedures • Reporting results - writing the report