What is action research?
It’s research springs from a state of mind: “By systematically studying my practice I can continuously improve and potentially inform others.” This graphic summarizes the research cycle nicely:
Put another way, this type of research involves educators examining what works in their classrooms, and what could be improved. They collect data, interview students and other stakeholders, and examine these results using a rigorous research framework. They then use those results to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes for their students.
You should consider doing this type of research because it:
- Powers professional growth
- Makes change manageable
- Promotes collaboration
- Produces shareable knowledge
- Drives systemic change
Here are some resources to get you started on best action research practices:
- Why you should do action research
- How to get started with action research
- Unpacking a great action research project
Sharing your results
VT’s Middle Grades Conference @ UVM
For some good examples, check out some presentations from the annual Middle Grades Conference, held at the University of Vermont each January.
- How to build teacher advisory
- Flexible pathways in proficiency-based learning
- Scheduling and student choice
- Can sustained silent reading help reluctant readers?
- Revolutionize student research with Padlet
- Implementing 1:1 norms and digital citizenship
- A community-based interdisciplinary unit
- Using digital tools to change student goal-setting and reflection
- Google Tools for personal learning plans (PLPs)
- How does professional development affect technology integration?