EDU 671 week 3 DQ 1


Ashford 4: – Week 3 – Discussion 1


Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.



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 In Chapter 4 of Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, Mills (2014) shares that “ the strength of educational research lies in its triangulation, collecting information in many ways rather than relying solely on one” (p. 104).

Complete the Data collection worksheet to include the following: Area of focus statement Brief description of proposed intervention Table 

 The following table provides a completed sample of: Up to three research questions (you will have between      one and three questions for your study) from Week One Discussion and      Assignment. An appropriately aligned data collection tool.  An explanation as to how the tool will help you answer      your research question.


Research   Questions

Data   Collection Tool 

Why   this tool?  Justify its use in your study.  How does it   match with what you are attempting to find and to measure?


Will   the incorporation of project-based learning improve students’ state   assessment scores as it relates to the Common Core State Standards in   comprehending non-fiction text?

District Common   Assessments (post-test)

This research   question requires quantitative data collection.  The answer of this   question is either yes, the incorporation improves test scores or no, it does   not.  District common assessments, which assess Common Core State   Standards as well, can also be used for post-test data.  


Will   the inclusion of project-based learning improve student application of   comprehending non-fiction text at a high depth of knowledge level?

Pretests and   post-tests

Pre- and   post-tests can give quantitative data to support findings in the examination   of the artifacts and with the observations.


How   does project-based learning integrate clear expectations and essential   criteria and remain successful?


This question   seems to only be able to warrant qualitative data collection because it needs   first-hand accounts of what expectations and criteria were used that   indicated success.  Questionnaires can give the researcher an   opportunity to view how the teachers instill the expectations in the students.


For an example of a finished triangulation matrix, see page 105 of Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher.

*Copy and paste the entire document into your discussion post or submit the document as an attachment.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two classmates. Indicate your critique of your classmates’ choices.  Do you agree with their selections? Did they consider triangulation of the data in their selections? Comment on the fit between the type of question and the type of data? What changes would you make (if any) to their choices? *It is expected you follow-up by the last day of the week to provide a secondary response to any comments or questions your instructor may have provided. This is part of the grading criteria as a demonstration of critical thinking.

Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread. 



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