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Action Research And Evaluation

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This course examines action research and its role in decision-making and in educational practices. Students are introduced to various types of action research and to the elements of the action research process, including identifying a problem, determining a problem statement and a purpose, conducting a literature review, planning for the collection and the analysis of data, and creating a plan of action. Methods for collecting, evaluating, and analyzing data are discussed. Students identify ethical issues related to research as well, including a professional code of ethics, confidentiality, and research using human subjects. In addition, they synthesize and apply the content of the course by writing a proposal for an action research study.



This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 4
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Initial Steps in Developing an Action Research Study

    • Develop a plan for collecting data.
    • Examine quantitative research designs and methods, and issues in collecting data.
    • Explain ways of ensuring validity in action research.

    Introduction to the Action Research Process

    • Determine appropriate topics for an action research study.
    • Examine the role of reflection on practice in generating ideas for a research focus.
    • Identify the elements of an effective research question.
    • Determine varied sources relevant to a research problem.
    • Explain the importance of the literature review.
    • Compare qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

    Introduction to Action Research

    • Define action research.
    • Distinguish between types of action research.
    • Identify the components of action research.
    • Review examples of action research.
    • Explain how action research can be utilized to effect school improvement and change.
    • Examine opportunities to conduct action research collaboratively.

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data

    • Describe ways to analyze and report results for quantitative data.
    • Describe ways to analyze and report results for qualitative data.
    • Draw conclusions from data.
    • Explain the purpose of interim data analysis and its importance in action research.

    Ethical Issues Related to Educational Research

    • Outline guidelines for conducting research using human subjects.
    • Analyze the impact of technology on the ethical issue of confidentiality in educational research.
    • Discuss the ethical use of data in educational decision-making.
    • Assess ethical considerations when publishing reports of a research study.
    • Develop a process for following ethical guidelines throughout an action research study.

    Creating a Proposal for an Action Research Study

    • Produce a proposal for an action research study.
    • Prepare an overview of the proposal for presentation.

    Collecting Data

    • Examine quantitative research designs and methods, and issues in collecting data.
    • Explain ways of ensuring validity in action research.
    • Develop a plan for collecting data.
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