The Action Research Process

The Action Research Process

Instructions Problem Statement Your problem statement should identify an area that requires study in order to identify best practice solutions to address the issue in a manner that will work best for the organization, classroom, or school. State the problem in declarative format. For example, “8 out of 10 students are not turning in homework, are consistently creating disruptions when I am giving instructions, and are speaking in a disrespectful tone to other students and me. I want to identify the root cause of this behavior in order to identify a remedy for it.” Purpose Statement The next step is to create a purpose statement. A purpose statement describes the intention of the study and what you plan to do with it. For example, based on the above problem statement, you might say, “The purpose of this study is to identify strategies to help my students become more deeply engaged in the class in order to quell disruptive behaviors and increase learning and willingness to connect to the content being imparted.” Significance of the Study From there, you should create 2–3 sentences that describe the significance of the study—who might benefit from its findings and why. For example, “Understanding the root causes of the disruptive students’ behavior, and testing a strategy that is deemed by the literature to be effective in engaging students, may help me to create a more learning-centered and engaging environment, and may help me find ways to assist disruptive and non-disruptive students get more out of the class, and/or it may help me to rule out a possible intervention that will not work in the class.” Research Questions Finally, you should construct 1–2 research questions that will guide your inquiry. The research questions should include the variables you will study, the sample to be studied, and how the topic will be studied. For example, if you plan to conduct a qualitative study you might say, “What are the perspectives of 8th grade students regarding completing homework using mobile technology?” If you plan to conduct a quantitative study, then your research question might entail one of the following formats per tradition: A look at existing data for differences between groups. Identify a problem in your organization, school, or district. Why are behaviors spiking in public school system? Explain why it is a problem and why it requires analysis and needs to be addressed. The problem is that hourly I’m redirecting a student for his/her conduct in a classroom and they’re no consequences for the child’s actions Write a goal and problem statement. It is important to address this issue because students who are off-task and distracted are creating a disruption in the classroom, which is causing all students in the class to struggle with learning and prolonging the lessons at hand In addition, student grades are suffering, and I am worried that students will not pass standardized test, to pass the grade as well as the knowledge to move to the next grade