May 17, 2016
We talked about how we conceptualize the research process and discussed the pros and cons of two forms of research:
- IMPACT research uses systematic measurement and comparing different groups
- DESCRIPTIVE research uses systematic description, analysis and reflection on a learning process
Parts of a Research Proposal
- Background.What is known about a particular educational process or form of learning.
- Literature Review. How have others approached this topic? What did they do?
- Problem/Need. What is unknown about a particular educational process or form of learning.
- Context. Details about your situation, learners and environment.
- Research Questions. What questions can be answered through systematic observation, data collection, analysis and interpretation?
- Approach/Method. What will you do? What will you measure? How will you analyze what you find?
- Concepts/Variables/Measures. How will you observe?What will you pay attention to? How will you collect information? What will you measure?
- Expectations. What do you think you will find?
- Timetable. What needs to be done first? Then what?
PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT:
Christine Johanson: The Use of Video Reflection to Support Positive Behavior Among Elementary Students
Lisa Kirby: Making Connections between Past and Present in Analyzing Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle: A Multimedia Production Project
Amie Shinego: Measuring Learner Engagement and Learning in a Summer School Maker Space
June McGreavy: Can a High School Library Filmmaking Experience Improve School Attendance?