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Action Research Project

A key element of the program is the action research project, a three-course project that involves the teacher as primary manager of classroom research — from the determination of the problem through the planning and execution of follow-up actions.

The project involves researching a field-specific question, such as “What methods are most effective for teaching a second language to students with disabilities?” After developing your question, you collect data at your teaching site and create a project to showcase your findings to colleagues and implement the results of your project.

Getting Started

You will begin work on the project during the first half of your fourth term, when you take EDUC 665D: Introduction to Action Research and the first course in the project itself, EDUC 891D: Action Research Project.

In these courses, you will identify and discuss elements of collaborative action research. You will also write a review of the literature, formulate a research question and determine methods for collecting data.

Finishing Up

In the first half of your fifth and final term, you will attend EDUC 670D: Integration Seminar, the only on-campus component to the program. The course meets on a single Saturday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m on our St. Paul campus.

You will also take EDUC 892D: Action Research Project, the final course in the action research sequence. You will study data collection techniques and strategies for analyzing and interpreting data. You will complete the action research project report and determine appropriate actions from the research.

In this phase, you will also give a public presentation of the action research project in the final course, EDUC 680D: Teachers as Educational Leaders. You will present to a group of colleagues at a place of your choosing, such as a faculty meeting.

Past Research Topics

  • "Applying Brain-Based Research to Improve Student Reading Performance"
  • "Using a Science Wiki to Increase Adolescent Participation"
  • "First Graders' Acquisition of Basic Math Facts Through Differentiated Instruction"
  • "The Effect of Intervention Strategies on Senior High Reluctant Learners"
  • "Using a Blog to Encourage Participation in Classroom Discussion"
  • "Participation In Choice-Based Physical Education Activities"
  • "The Effect of Visual Art on Third Grade Reading Comprehension"

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