Week 2 – 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. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Action Research – What it Means to You
You already learned that action research is a type of inquiry used to describe professionals studying their own practice for the purpose of inspiring the change process. According to the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory as cited by (“Action Research”, n.d., para 1), “Action research is inquiry or research in the context of focused efforts to improve the quality of an organization and its performance. It typically is designed and conducted by practitioners who analyze the data to improve their own practice.” This week you begin the implementation of your action research. Congratulations! You have spent a considerable amount of time in the thoughtful planning and development of your study. Now is the exciting time to begin collecting data. Furthermore, in one of the discussions in Week Four, you explain key leadership styles, strategies and responsibilities of the school personnel, community organization, or own children with which you are observing during the implementation of your action research project.
Initial Post: Include a paragraph describing your interpretation of the Action Research (n.d.) quote above for this discussion including how it specifically relates to your action research proposal. Then, in one-to-two paragraphs, explain the ways you envision your research might assist with implementing the change you desire in your selected organization. Start by stating briefly what the intervention/innovation is then explain the ways you envision it implementing a desired change.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers. In responses, consider asking questions of your peers about their responses to encourage further conversation. Select responses that resonate with your own thoughts and comment on similarities to your own initial post. Provide specific recommendations and feedback regarding their actual intervention/innovation. Comment on their thoughts regarding how their research might promote the positive change they envision. Ask questions if anything is unclear to you. Again, though two responses is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you including the instructor before the last day of the discussion to further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real world experiences with this topic.