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Step 1 (IDENTIFY A PROBLEM)
- Gather evidence to demonstrate there is a problem.
- Disseminate interviews with three individuals that would help you to gather more information about your problem.
- Begin to gather peer-researched articles from an educational database such as ERIC.
EX) Problem: Blocking scheduling and its effect on student engagement.
Step 2 (RESEARCH AND GATHER SCHOLARLY ARTICLES)
- Ensure that the articles are peer-reviewed.
- Articles should be published within the last five years preferably.
- Repetition is not necessarily a negative thing; it validates a strong study.
- Use a scholarly database to research authentic and accurate articles.
Step 3 (PLAN INTERVENTION)
- What is the target for intervention? What are you trying to achieve with the intervention? (This does not need to be specific or numeric)
- Describe the intervention that is planned. Develop strategies that will be used to address target.
- Define who will be targeted in intervention.
- Brainstorm possible constraints in the following areas: time frame, content, core values, staff capacity, etc.
EX) Implementing the block scheduling and assessing student engagement using summative assessments and analyzing the quality of student responses in class.
STEP 4 (DEFINE INTENDED EVIDENCE)
- Define behavior or attitudes that signal change (How will you know the intervention is working?)
EX) Higher assessment scores and in-depth responses would signal that a change is being made.
Step 5 (DEFINE INDICATORS)
- How will you gather evidence?
- Evidence should be both quantitative and qualitative.
- Qualitative-interviews, reflections, photos, videos.
- Quantitative- surveys, tests scores (anything that can be measured).
Step 6 (EVALUATION OF RESULTS)
-Evaluate whether or not intervention worked based on evidence.
Step 7 - (NEXT STEPS)
- What are your next steps?
Ex) Based on the success on the success of the action research, block scheduling will be fully implemented next school year.