Action research can be described as a family of research methodologies which pursue action (or change) and research (or understanding) at the same time. In most of its forms it does this by using a cyclic or spiral process which alternates between action and critical reflection and in the later cycles, continuously refining methods, data and interpretation in the light of the understanding developed in the earlier cycles. -- Dick, Bob (1999)
Action Research, a scholarly approach to improve teaching and learning, can be a central piece of professional development. This project-based research can benefit professors, counselors, and librarians by actively engaging them in the collaborative study of learning as it takes place day by day in the context of their own practices. Through this small-scale, practical research, faculty members can investigate questions regarding student learning that directly impact their practices. At Valencia, action research has become a significant aspect of faculty development, thereby reinforcing the College's community of learners and culture of evidence.
We offer many opportunities to support faculty members who are interested in exploring action research. These resources and courses help faculty members develop a best practices framework for action research and Valencia's Standards of Scholarship.
SOTL2171 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 3 PD Hours
This Essential Competencies seminar examines Action Research as a method for educators to continuously reflect on the effectiveness of their teaching, counseling and librarianship. NOTE: This course is part of the TLA Core Seminar series and open to all faculty.
SOTL2272 Developing Effective Surveys 2 PD Hours
In this hands-on session, participants will learn the benefits of the common survey types, learn tips on how to write effective survey questions, and collaboratively assess sample surveys. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these principles to their own work.
SOTL3271 Principles of Good Practice 1 PD Hour
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to the ethical considerations of conducting research in an educational setting.