Adequate Preparation

As part of adequate preparation for Action Research, the researcher must consider the work from multiple perspectives. As you assemble your portfolio, you will include your own reflection (Self-perspective) and consultation with others (Student, Colleague, and Expert perspectives) that helped prepare you for this project. In your portfolio, you will document relevant information from each of the perspectives (approximately 1/2 to 1 page for each perspective). Your reflection should integrate, and synthesize the relevant information from the four perspectives in relation to the question.

 

  1. Student (class discussions/surveys/papers/classroom assessment techniques)
    • What do my students say about the situation I've identified in my research question?
    • What evidence do I have from students that has informed this project?
    • Do they confirm or fail to support my assumption about what I think is going on in the classroom?
    • What strategies will I use to collect student opinions?
  2. Colleagues (discussions/surveys/workshops)
    • What do my peers think about the problem/situation/success I've identified in my research question?
    • Do they confirm or fail to support my assumption about what I think is going on in the classroom?
    • Do they experience similar things in their practices?
    • Do they perceive my research question as a worthwhile item for investigation?
    • How can I get this information from them?
  3. Expert (review of the literature)
    • 13_2_lai_1.jpg What do experts in the field say?
    • Do they confirm or fail to support my assumption about what I think is going on in the classroom?
    • What does a review of relevant literature reveal? Is there professional literature or scholarly writing related to my question?
    • What kind of research can I do to assist me with my question?
    • Is the literature consistent with my ideas and assumptions?
    • Include References at the end of this section
  4. Self-reflection (why do I want to know?)
    • What does my own personal experience tell me?
    • Does it confirm or fail to support my assumption about what I think is going on in the classroom?
    • Why have I identified the question above?
    • What personal experiences inform me that this is a worthwhile question?
    • What makes this question important to me?