Teacher training: Action research ( I )
Action research can make you a "student of teaching".
Why should teachers do action research?
- To help them notice what they and their students really do, rather than what they think they do.
- To get feedback as to the success or failure of what they are doing.
- To help them tailor teaching and learning to their learners and their settings.
- So that they are able to justify the teaching and learning choices they make.
- To increase their knowledge of learning and teaching and become authorities on teaching.
- To become less dependent on decisions made by people who are far away from their learning and teaching sites, people like textbook writers and school administrators.
- To ensure that they don't become bored with teaching.
- Identify the problem area.
- Narrow it down so that it is manageable.
- Investigate the problem. When does it happen? Who does it affect? Where does it happen?
- Think about what might be causing the problem. Talk to other teachers and/or read to get more ideas about this.
- Think about a solution and how to implement it.
- Think about what evidence you will collect to decide whether your action is successful or not. How will you collect it? How will you analyse it?
- Teach / Act
- Implement your solution.
- Gather evidence which you will analyse to decide whether your solution was successful or not.
- Analyse the evidence you gathered. Has the problem been solved? If not, what step will you try next? If yes, what problem will you try to solve now?