Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Topic: One Definition of Action Research

10-second review: Testing the effects of strategies on your own students in your own classrooms

Title: “Teachers Practicing Research.” J Gorlewski. English Journal (September 2009), 123-124. The secondary school journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Quote: “…the term research will be concerned with…studying the effects and effectiveness of various strategies, techniques, and approaches on the learning that occurs in our classrooms.” p. 123. [The author notes that this practice is not the same as being a teacher researcher. RayS. ]

Quote: “…thinking like a researcher begins with simple inquiry…. For example, consider the following questions:

How does a particular incentive or consequence affect student participation in class?

Does use of a specific organizer enhance (or stifle) paragraph development?

Does a visual method of vocabulary instruction result in increased comprehension and/or retention?”

Comment: I think I would be inclined to use this type of research with techniques about which I have real questions and maybe doubts. If I know it works, why bother, unless I am going to use the data to write an article? RayS.

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