Because the data being collected come from the very students and teachers who are engaged with the treatment, the relevance of the findings is assured.
For the harried and overworked teacher, “data collection” can appear to be the most intimidating aspect of the entire seven-step action research process.
Seeing students grow is probably the greatest joy educators can experience.
When teachers have convincing evidence that their work has made a real difference in their students' lives, the countless hours and endless efforts of teaching seem worthwhile.
Triangulation is like studying an object located inside a box by viewing it through various windows cut into the sides of the box.
Observing a phenomenon through multiple “windows” can help a single researcher compare and contrast what is being seen through a variety of lenses.
The purpose of action research in teaching and learning is to refine one’s pedagogy (instructional strategies) in order to improve student learning.
Student learning is measured affectively, cognitively, and behaviorally based on clearly defined student learning outcomes.
The primary reason for engaging in action research is to assist the “actor” in improving and/or refining his or her actions.
Practitioners who engage in action research inevitably find it to be an empowering experience.