Action Research Topic Identification and Research Planning

Prepared by: Lisa Yamagata-Lynch 1. Is there an area regarding your teaching/work that you want to improve? Before you start an action research project you have to identify an area in your teaching/work that you want to improve. In the space below, please list the areas you would like to improve.

2. Is there a specific topic from the above list that you want to work on right now? Often teachers/corporate workers who engage in action research try to accomplish too much at once. It is important that you narrow the focus of your topic. Look at the above list and begin prioritizing the topics. Then identify a topic you would like to work. In the space below, please list the specific topic you want to work on.

3. What is your research question? It is important to identify what exactly you are investigating in your action research. In order to stay focused on your topic you need to identify the question you want answered through your action research activities. In the space below, please list what is it that you want answered to improve your teaching/work, interactions with students/clients, or administrators/boss?

4. Do you think that your research question addresses the issue(s) you raised as areas that you would like to improve in your teaching right now? It is always a good idea to double check if your research question in fact addresses the issue(s) you raised as areas you want to improve right now. Please examine your research question and areas of improvement. If they are complementary move to 5, if not, change your research question so that it is complementary to the issue(s) you raised.

For numerical data you can summarize it in a graph or by identifying the average. please list any external resources you have related to your research question. then make another…etc. you have to keep a record of how the change you implemented in your practice affected you. and how you ought to analyze the information you collect. and then make another change based on what was learned from reflections. In the space provided below. interviews. please list how you will analyze your data for each methodology. (e. Interview—conduct a thematic analysis of what the major themes are. In the space below. 8. Please make sure that these actions are going to help you find the answers related to your research question. How are you going to analyze your data? After the data collection. In the space below. In the space below.5. What research methodologies are you going to take to monitor the affects from the change you implemented? In action research.e. then reflect on the changes again.g. What are the actions you are going to take to implement change in your teaching/work practice through your research? Action research is based on the iterative cycles of implementing changes in teaching/work. observations. journal articles. and journaling to monitor the impact of the change. Do you have any external source of information (i. these external resources will give you insights on how to carry out your research. For qualitative data you can categorize the data to draw out major themes. comments from other teachers/colleagues) about your topic? After you identify your research question you need to search for external resources that address your topic. you need to sort the information to make an educated judgment of the findings. survey—tally the common survey responses and order them according to most frequent response to least frequent response in a graph). please list what changes you are going to implement in your teaching/work. what are the likely results you will find. making reflections on the changes. 7. . the school/business. web articles. please list the methodologies you are going to use to monitor the affects from the change you implement. 6. your students/clients. Often times. Therefore you need to use data collection methodologies such as surveys.

(2) involving other teachers/colleagues in your data collection and analysis. (3) conducting your research study over a long period of time. What is the timeline of your research? You have to create a realistic and manageable timeline for your action research. and examine how to proceed with this project Planned Action • Examine issues in teaching/work • Prioritize issues • Identify a research question that addresses the most important issue • Examine if the research question will provide answer to the identified issue • Talk to other teachers/colleagues about research question and see how they react. Ensuring trustworthiness in action research means that you feel confident that the findings you made and the claims you make from them are valid. and journal entries • Evaluate trustworthy • Implement changes and collect data on it • Analyze information from data collection and determine major findings • Implement changes and collect data • • Analyze information from data collection and determine major findings Plan how to improve teaching/work . interview questions. 10. examine new findings. interview data. Example Timeline Week Stages of Action Research 1 Identify action research question 2 Find external resources that are related to the research question 3 Create data collection instruments and data analysis methodology and ensure for trustworthiness 4 5 Implement change in teaching/work and collect data on it Analyze data and examine findings 7 8 Refine classroom activities and collect another set of data Analyze data. Divide your research into stages that you think are accomplishable within your timeline.9. and start journaling • Decide how to analyze the survey data. You can ensure trustworthiness in your research by (1) using multiple data collection methodologies to corroborate your findings. and (4) corroborating your findings with published research literature. How are you going to ensure trustworthiness of your research? Through your data collection methodology and data analysis methodology. you have to ensure that the findings you made from your research are trustworthy. and ask them if they can think of good resources • Find journal articles related to research question • Decide what data collection methodologies will provide meaningful information • Create survey. You can use the example timeline as a guide while creating your own timeline.

Your Timeline Week Stages of Action Research 1 Your 2 Hours Worth of Planned Action • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • .

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