Learners examine the process of conducting their own classroom-based or school-based research. The course provides practical experience with action research components in the educational setting for everyday instruction. Learners will use research and data to select instructional practices that lead to gains in student achievement that promote lifelong learning.
This graduate course is 8 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and New York.
- Differentiate between traditional research and educational action research.
- Describe the process and components of action research
- Compare the similarities and differences between critical and practical theories of action research.
- Articulate the purpose of action research and how it supports educational change.
- Discuss the ethical use of data in educational decision making.
- Analyze the impact of technology on the ethical issue of confidentiality in educational research
- Assess ethical considerations when publishing reports of a research study
- Outline guidelines for conducting research using human subjects.
- Examine the role of reflection on practice in generating ideas for a research focus.
- Determine a focus for a proposed action research study.
- Develop action-oriented, outcome-based research questions.
- Examine ways to collect qualitative and quantitative data.
- Describe varied types of data that can be collected to answer research questions.
- Critique types of qualitative data (e.g., surveys, questionnaires, and rating scales) used in action research.
- Evaluate ways of ensuring validity, reliability, and generalizability in action research.
- Conduct a literature review to establish a theoretical context.
- Analyze data using a qualitative method and a quantitative method
- Explain the purpose of interim data analysis and its importance in action research.
- Demonstrate an understanding of using data analysis and data interpretation to draw conclusions from data.
- Develop goals and an action plan for an action research proposal.
- Formulate a data collection plan for a proposed action research project
- Implement accurate APA guidelines for scholarly writing in an action research proposal.
- Construct tables and figures that present data in an action research proposal.
- Evaluate an action research proposal based on specific criteria.
- Apply what you have learned to create an action research proposal.
- Prepare an overview of the action research proposal for presentation.
This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 866-345-1800.
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