Proactive Classroom Inquiry & Intervention through Action Research
Instructor: Dr. Olufunmilayo Amobi
Monday, February 03, 2014 - Friday, April 18, 2014
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $375 + textbook
Action research professionalizes the work of teachers by allowing them to examine and problematize their own teaching by reflecting on their practice. Through the action research process, teachers are able to generate knowledge about their practice, investigate ways to deal with issues related to student achievement, student motivation, classroom management and others, with the purpose of improving practice on an ongoing basis. Thus, action research puts teachers in charge of improving their practice and their professional development. In this continuing education course, participants will use the reflect-act-evaluate action research process to reflect on practice and select an area of study in their classrooms, connect theory to action through review of related literature, plan and implement an intervention project, collect data on the impact of intervention and make sense of collected information to inform practice. The reflect-act-evaluate method is an iterative, cyclical process that provides teachers with rich sources of data that can be used to impact student learning in positive ways.
The educator will:
1. Define action research;
2. Discuss the effects of teacher research;
3. Review teacher action research projects;
4. Write a reflective and reflexive story about an action research topic/issue/problem related to their practice;
5. Review literature related to specified topic/issue/problem;
6. Design and implement an intervention plan to address the topic/issue/problem;
7. Collect data to answer research questions;
8. Analyze data, discuss outcomes and new understandings.
Hendricks, C. (2013). Improving schools through action research: A reflective practice approach (3rd Ed.). Boston: Pearson; ISBN-13:978-0-13-286864-8. Text can be ordered from http://www.amazon.com or from the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.
The cost of the course does not include the textbook.