Study Guide for Reading Assignments
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Study Guide: Reading Assignment 1
Pages 1-27 in A practical guide to action research for literacy educators, by Glenda Nugent, Sakil Malik, and Sandra Hollingsworth (2012). Washington, DC: International Reading Association.
- According to Fueyo & Koorland who are quoted in the introduction what three things does action research help teachers do? (p.1)
- Is action research a new idea? Who came up with it to begin with? (p.4)
- The key characteristics of action research are that it is practical, reflective, and recursive. What does this mean? (p.6)
- Look at Winter’s (1989) six principles of action research.What do these mean? (pp. 6-7)
- According to Watts (1985) what assumptions is action research based on? (p.10)
- What can you as an educational professional gain from doing action research in your school? (p.10)
- After reading this section why do you think you should you do action research in your classroom or school? (pp. 9-11)
- What are some reasons for and benefits of working together with other educators (collaboration) in action research? (pp. 12-13)
- What are some reasons for and benefits of working individually as a classroom teacher on an action research project? (p.13)
- After are some reasons for and benefits of school leaders (administrators) both doing and supporting action research in their schools? (pp. 15-17)
- What are the seven steps of the action research process? (pp. 18-19)
- Why is action research described as a cycle rather than just a one way process? (p.19)
- How the action research process described in this chapter compare to the research process outlined in Lesson 1.3?
- What is the first step you need to take in doing an action research project? (p. 21)
- How can you narrow a concern you might have about some aspect of your practice as a teacher or school leader into a researchable concept? (p. 21)
- How can you change your problem statement into a research question? (p 21)
- According to Ferrance (2000) what characteristics should your research question have? (p. 22)
- In order for your action plan to resolve your concern, your research question must be valid and doable? What does this mean? (pp. 23-24)
Read Chapters 1 and 7 in Choosing & using sources: A guide to academic research by Teaching & Learning, University Libraries. (2018). Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University.
- What does “narrowing your research topic” mean? (p. 6)
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a source like wikipedia in the process of narrowing your research topic? (pp. 9 - 11)
- Why should you do some background reading on your research topic? (p. 14)
- What is “Zotero” and how can it help you as you do your research? (p. 14)
- What five parts of your research project will the research question influence? (p. 18)
- What are five steps for developing a research question? (p. 22)
- What is academic integrity? (pp. 130-131)
- What is academic misconduct? (p. 131)
- What is plagiarism? (pp.131 - 132)
- What is citing and what are four reasons you need to cite your sources? (pp. 133-134)