EDU 501 Teacher as Researcher
This course provides the opportunity for teachers to: reflect on and assess their teaching; explore and test new ideas, methods and materials; assess the effectiveness of the new approaches; share feedback with others; and make decisions about which new approaches to include in their classroom practices. Participants complete an individual research project aimed at a particular problem specific to their classroom situation that addresses student achievement. Next, participants engage in action research, data analysis and creation and implementation of a plan of intervention based upon their research findings.
Participants will be able to:
• Examine the theoretical foundations of action research and develop an action research plan
• Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques
• Analyze and interpret data according to proven processes
• Share and critique action research projects