Action Research allows educators to evaluate their teaching methods and explore new ideas to enhance their curriculum, ultimately increasing learning opportunities for students.
What is action research?
"Action research is a form of inquiry designed to improve our practice by using professional (informed) eyes to observe our own work."
"We collaborate with others. . .to enhance the power of our learning. And we face the challenges we meet with action and analysis, sharing the results for the larger community to critique." (Holly, Arhar, & Kasten, 2005)
Why do action research?
The primary purpose of action research is to help teachers become reflective practictioners who look carefully and methodically at their practices in order to determine what impact their instruction has had and to make changes accordingly to improve their practices.
With the lens of accountability at every level, teachers must learn how to determine the impact of strategies, technologies and actions they employe for student learning.
How can I learn more?
Check out our Q&A with Action Research expert and facilitator, Dr. Joanne Arhar of Kent State University, as well as the great work already done by Ohio practitioners of Action Research.
How can I get started?
Contact Sandy Paxton at Sandy.Paxton@etech.ohio.gov for more information.