Sunday, March 8, 2015

Planning for Action Research

Initial planning for action research includes:
Identifying and limiting a topic
Gathering information related to the topic
Reviewing related literature
Early stages are crucial in any research project

Lays the “groundwork for all that follows
Nothing shapes the remainder of a study as much as specifying the topic or problem
Problems with being too broad or vague, or being too narrow
Possible topic areas:
A teaching method or instructional materials
Classroom management
Identifying a problem
Examining an area of interest
Once a topic has been identified, it should be evaluated against several practical considerations:

Personal interest in the topic
Importance of the topic
Time requirements for conducting the study
Anticipated difficulty of the study
Potential monetary costs
Issues related to ethics in conducting research

http://www.uk.sagepub.com/mertler4e/study/default.htm