Action Research focusing on Learning and Instruction (Elective)
Nay-Ching Nancy Tyan, Ph. D.
Thoughts when design this course
When I designed this course, I tried not to repeat myself with your other courses. I had these facts on my mind.
- All of you had taken Research Methodology from Prof. Dora last semester.
- Andrew & Ruth had learned to write Literature Review from Prof. Yi-Hwa Last semester.
- Michelle, Sansar and Vuu already had a Master degree.
- All of you are taking Learning Assessment and Advanced Educational Statistics this semester.
Dr. Jenny Bergeron will be giving a presentation from 5.25~5.27, 3 days*6 hrs.
Director of Educational Research and Evaluation from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning, Harvard University.
Please mark on calendar, 2 sessions off from each course this semester.
- 8 need-to-take mini on-line courses from Center for Taiwan Academic Research Ethics Education (REE), self-learning and considered as one class session.
- 2 wonderful movies which illustrates AR: Lorenzo’ Oil, Freedom Writer. Watch and discuss together.
We need to have a good balance between your practicum (maybe even thesis) and this course. And I want to hold high academic standards of NTUE.
Some important discussions
- Your plan for your thesis so far: possible direction, research methodology, time and space . . .
- Michelle, Sansar and Vuu’s first theses (What was it about, which research methodology did you use and who/what were your research participants?)
- Action Research was one among the twelve topics in Prof. Dora’s class. What do you remember about AR?
Students will be able to
- understand AR is in everyone’s daily life and workplace.
- conduct an action research study to solve a problem in your practicum and write a 20-25 page report on it, and
- critique other action research reports.
- Week 1 (2/28) National holiday (No Class)
- Week 2 (3/7) Introduce the course; Discuss p1 & 0418; Discuss practicum plan; PPT: AR in everyday life
Students: Locate a problem in your daily life and try to solve it. (Problem=the discrepancy between reality and desire)
- Week 3 (3/14) AR film & discussion (Lorenzo’s Oil, 1992, 129 minutes)
- Week 4 (3/21) Elise in charge for the 1st period (Get an REE account and start to learn a topic or two.); Introduce AR theses directed by Prof. Nancy; AR topic transformed from the problem (E.g., Using oo to promote/improve/other verbs XX)
- Week 5 (3/28) Introduce the content of a Master thesis and the process of writing it (Ms. Yeh’s thesis); The writing of ch1 (AR topic: Research Background (RB), Research Motivation (RM), Research Purposes (RP), Research Questions (RQ), Definition of Terms (DT), Limitation of the Study (LS).)
Student: Report your daily life action research with concrete evidence (2-3 slides of ppt, 5-10 minutes @)
- Week 6 (4/4) National holiday (No Class)
- Week 7 (4/11) The writing of Ch2; Research Structure (topic, RP, RQ, DT), draw one; APA style
- Week 8 (4/18) Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL, IUB); Peer tutoring for EBSCOhost & ProQuest)
Student: 2 groups of volunteer: one teacher and one teacher’s aid.
- Week 9 (4/25) AR film & discussion (Freedom writers, 2007, 123 minutes)
- Week 10 (5/2) No contact hour
Student: REE (One session)
- Week 11 (5/9) A
Student: Locate a problem in your practicum
- Week 12 (5/16) The content and writing of Ch3; One to one discussion of your final
- Week 13 (5/23) The content and writing of Ch4 & 5; One to one discussion of your final
- 5/25~5/27 Dr. Jenny Bergeron’s presentation (Two sessions off: A, B)
- Week 14 (5/30) B
Student: Submit final report draft
- Week 15 (6/6) One to one discussion with professor
- Week 16 (6/13) Making of proposal defense PPT
Student: same as week 7
- Week 17 (6/20) One to one discussion with professor (oral PPT)
Student: Submit final report paper*2 (Nancy & your critique partner)
- Week 18 (6/27) Simulated oral defense: report & critique (15 minutes & 9 minutes); Celebration of Learning
Student: Submit reflection paper
*3-6 extra points for 4/18 volunteer teachers and aid.
- (25%) certificate of 8 REE courses (as below)
- (60%) Final AR report (20-25 pages)
15% Quality of oral report and defense
40% Quality of the written proposal
- (10%) Quality of your critique on classmate’s proposal (1 page, list and suggestions)
- (5%) Final reflection
- AR maual
- Ms. Yeh’s AR thesis
- AR films
- APA style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
NTUE library 7th floor (808.06615 P976)
- Online sources: JoSoTL, NTUE databases
- Online sources: REE https://ethics.nctu.edu.tw
Eight courses from Center for Taiwan Academic Research Ethics Education (REE) (20-min@)
A. 0104 Research Misconduct: Definition and Types
B. 0105 Research Misconduct: Fabrication and Falsification
C. 0106 Research Misconduct: Plagiarism
D. 0108 Academic Writing Skill: Quoting
E. 0109 Academic Writing Skill: Paraphrasing and Summarizing
F. 0110 Academic Writing Skill: Referencing
G. 0114 Basic Concepts of Privacy
H. 0115 Principles and Practice of Human Subject Protection
Final AR report:
The structure of the report and recommended numbers of pages:
- Abstract (1 page)
- Table of contents (2-3 pages)
- List of tables (1 page)
- List of figures (1 page)
- Ch 1 Introduction (2-3 pages)
Research Background (RB)
Research Motivation (RM)
Research Purposes (RP)
Research Questions (RQ)
Definition of Terms (DT)
Limitation of the Study (LS)
- Ch 2 Review of Literatures (3-5 pages)
Tied up with Research Structure, Topic, Terms.
Review 3 literatures
- Ch 3 Research Methodology (5-7 pages)
Context of Study
Data Collection/Analysis & Research Questions
- Ch 4 Research Findings & Discussion (2 pages)
Tied up with Research Questions, one RQ one section. Dialogue with the literature
- Ch 5 Conclusion & Recommendation (2 pages)
Recommendation for future practitioners
- References (1-2 pages)
- Appendices (depends)
List with names