Action Research And Evaluation –

edd581

(4 credits)

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 as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

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.

Introduction to the Action Research Process

  • Examine the role of reflection on practice in generating ideas for a research focus.
  • Determine appropriate topics for an action research study.
  • 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.

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.

Initial Steps in Developing an Action Research Study

  • 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.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

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

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.

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