Action Research Projects Empower Teachers

Action Research

Action research projects empower teachers by equiping them with the tools to explore, analyze, and report the findings of best practices and challenges involved in face-to-face, fully online, blended learning courses. Once the findings are documented, teachers can restructure how they conduct their lessons and find ways to improve student performance. Teachers can also share the findings and ask for feedback from educators worldwide. There is no limit to what action research can offer the school and the stakeholders involved.

Many teachers feel alone and wish they could find a way to know whether they are teaching the right way or not. Getting feedback from the principal or stakeholders based on grades or a few useless visits by the principal, coordinator, or inspector, just doesn’t give the full picture. Teachers need a tool that will assess and help improve student performance.

You are invited to learn how to conduct action research to get the real picture and take action. Join a free action research project online course from February 9, 2015.

Learning is a natural part of our lives. But what do we know about the process of learning? What mechanisms are involved in learning? Is there a science of learning? If so, what is the science of learning and how can teachers apply and assess it in the face-to-face and online classroom?  One way of applying the science of learning is to conduct action research.

Improving Teaching to Enhance Learning

Have you thought of ways to improve your teaching? Teaching is an ongoing learning process. Teachers are generally keen on improving their work, after all they are in the business of “change”. “How do I go about making changes in the way my classroom is run or in the way my students behave or in the way my school is run?  How many questions do I ask before I start getting some answers? ”  Many questions go through teachers’ minds.Teachers can get the help they need through action research.

Action Research Project Process

Action research involves a individual teacher or a group of teachers with a common problem or it could other stakeholders of a school.  The research involves the following steps:

  • Choosing an area to focus on
  • Identifying a problem
  • Describing the problem
  • Conducting a literature review
  • Listing questions to research
  • Method of data collection
  • Analyzing the data
  • Reporting the results of the situation
  • Plan of action
  • Trying out the plan
  • Reporting the results of the plan

Action Research Project Course

Action research (AR) allows teachers to step back, observe, and reflect on their work. The course, which is fully online and completely free, provides teachers with the tools required to observe, orient, make decisions, and take action in the classroom. As a result of AR, participants will improve their classroom performance and students learning outcomes.

The course is for anyone, who teaches, provides on the job training, shares information, manages workers, is involved in community building, and/or presents at conferences or at meetings.

Participants will learn to:

  • collect and analyze data
  • apply the information
  • take action
  • evaluate the results
  • adjust plans
  • take action
  • re-evaluate

ESL/EFL Learners and Reading Comprehension Tests ARP

I completed my action research project report and presentation proposal on ESL/EFL reading comprehension tests and anxiety but since it is a work in progress I will be refining and adding to it. This was my preparation for the ARP on ESL/EFL learners and reading comprehension tests.

Action research projects put teachers in the driver’s seat. Teachers are in control when they conduct action research in their classes. By collecting data and analyzing the results, teachers can change their practices and improve instruction and learn. The goal of action research is to plan a change, implement the change, collect the required information, and analyze what happened. Teachers can collect the data, ask a third party to do it, or data that is available.

Teachers care. They are interested in making a difference in their students’ lives. Action research allows teachers to bring change into their classes, the school, the community, and share their findings with teachers around the world. Who is better suited to bring change to world of education than teachers?

ITDEMA and OODA

Action research projects follow ITDEMA and OODA. Teachers learn to apply both strategies in their action research projects.  ITDEMA refers to while OODA refers the process of observe, orient, decide, and act.    

Action research follows the steps in evolved in I T D E M A:

  • Identifying a problem
  • Thinking of ways to tackle it
  • Doing it
  • Evaluating it
  • Modifying future teaching
  • Action Research Projects

OODA:

  • Observe
  • Orient
  • Diagnose
  • Act

OODA and ITDWMA will help the participants of the course grow personally and professionally. Participants who complete the course tasks will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course. I’m looking forward to facilitating the process. See you on ARP, today.


Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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