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