I was hoping you can answer a couple of questions for me.1) Have you had any experience conducting any type of research? If so, what was the study about?2) What are examples of some problems that educators might study, using an action research model?1) Have you had any experience conducting any type of research in the past? If so, what was the study about?This is a very good question! I just finished working on an academic research study concerning crime committed against adults at a major university in my state. We were given random phone numbers generated by a computer, and were asked to conduct a 15 minute telephone survey which focused on different types of crimes and how attainable services were to crime victims such as how easily they were able to get help from the District Attorney or if they were able to apply for (and receive) victim compensation assistance from the state. The results were rather sobering. It seems (at least around here) that identity thief is out of control, and victims of this crime receive little-to-no help from government agencies when they are victimized. This information will be analyzed further and then sent to the state Commission of Crime and Prevention so that they can see where funds are best allocated in order to help crime victims in the future. 2) What are examples of some problems that educators might study, using an action research model?I think that a good problem that is often overlooked by educators is school bullying. Using the Action Research Model, educators can first: Identify the problem to study based on the situation in the classroom and how it affects students.
• This will help educators to identify specific questions to help guide the focus of the study such as how this affects victims as well as what causes bullying to begin with. Then educators can identify ways to improve the situation in the classroom as well as possible professional development opportunities for educators in order to train them to handle this sort of behavior in their classrooms. After this is complete, educators can move onto the next step which is intervention:
• Educators can plan for the intervention by applying what they have learned to guide the design of the intervention. Should educators get involved with students on this level? Should there be a no-tolerance bullying policy in effect? What can further be done to make the school a safer place?The next step is assessment:
• Educators can plan what types of assessment tools they will need in order to help answer the questions about bullying that were presented in step one. Examples include studying past research on the topic, interviewing students and parents about the problem, and turning to the general public for data. The next step is to collect data to use for the study.
• This could include data from other studies, researching academic databases, or polling a sample of the population to see their thoughts and opinions on the topic. The next step is to collect the data
• This again can be from other studies, academic databases, or results from polling the general population. The next step is to analyze the data
• When analyzing the data, educators need to look for patterns concerning bullying in their school (and other schools) including trends and insights. Does bullying happen in certain demographics? Does it have to do with income levels? Does it happen more often in a certain grade? The next step is to determine where educators see improvement.
• Is there a way to make schools bully-free? Do they have data that supports ways to implement improvement? How does this new data compare to the baseline data?Finally, educators can reflect on what they have learned from the research:
What part of the action research plan on bullying will be useful to educators now and in the future to stop this problem from occurring again? What can be done differently to make the school a safer place for students? What intervention methods would work best in that specific situation? What additional questions can be derived from the data collected? (Action Research Model). I hope this all helps! Thank you for using Brain Mass today! References:
Action research model. Found August 14, 2015: http://www.csuchico.edu/teacher-grants/documents/ar_model.pdf
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