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.


  1. According to Fueyo & Koorland who are quoted in the introduction what three things does action research help teachers do? (p.1)
  2. Is action research a new idea? Who came up with it to begin with? (p.4)
  3. The key characteristics of action research are that it is practical, reflective, and recursive. What does this mean? (p.6)
  4. Look at Winter’s (1989) six principles of action research.What do these mean? (pp. 6-7)
  5. According to Watts (1985) what assumptions is action research based on? (p.10)
  6. What can you as an educational professional gain from doing action research in your school? (p.10)
  7. After reading this section why do you think you should you do action research in your classroom or school? (pp. 9-11)
  8. What are some reasons for and benefits of working together with other educators (collaboration) in action research? (pp. 12-13)
  9. What are some reasons for and benefits of working individually as a classroom teacher on an action research project? (p.13)
  10. After are some reasons for and benefits of school leaders (administrators) both doing and supporting action research in their schools? (pp. 15-17)
  11. What are the seven steps of the action research process? (pp. 18-19)
  12. Why is action research described as a cycle rather than just a one way process? (p.19)
  13. How the action research process described in this chapter compare to the research process outlined in Lesson 1.3?
  14. What is the first step you need to take in doing an action research project? (p. 21)
  15. 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)
  16. How can you change your problem statement into a research question? (p 21)
  17. According to Ferrance (2000) what characteristics should your research question have? (p. 22)
  18. 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.


  1. What does “narrowing your research topic” mean? (p. 6)
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a source like wikipedia in the process of narrowing your research topic? (pp. 9 - 11)
  3. Why should you do some background reading on your research topic? (p. 14)
  4. What is “Zotero” and how can it help you as you do your research? (p. 14)
  5. What five parts of your research project will the research question influence? (p. 18)
  6. What are five steps for developing a research question? (p. 22)
  7. What is academic integrity? (pp. 130-131)
  8. What is academic misconduct? (p. 131)
  9. What is plagiarism? (pp.131 - 132)
  10. What is citing and what are four reasons you need to cite your sources? (pp. 133-134)