+ Action Research Proposal
+ Cover Page and Abstract n Cover Page: As per APA guidelines n owl @ purdue website n Abstract : n Briefly describe your research proposal. n All one block paragraph. n Italicized. n Approximately 100 - 150 words. n
+ Introduction: n Area of Focus n Discuss what you will research and why you selected this specific project. n Does it fill a need in your classroom? Why? n Briefly share some of the related research tied to this area of focus. n Defining the Variables n (Only applicable for quantitative correlational studies) n Research Questions n Add additional subheadings if needed n Expected length: 2 -3 pages
+ Literature Review: n Consult five(+) sources. n Expected length: 3 -5 pages. n Summarize what you learned as you completed your literature review. n Organize the material around themes you noted across articles. n Include quotes from your research as you discuss the information you gathered. n Include citations within the body of the work like this: (Author's Last Name, Date) n This should be a substantial section of your proposal. n You have done a lot of reading in a specific area. What did you learn?
+ Description of Intervention n Describe your intervention or innovation (if applicable). n Expected length: 1 -2 pages. n In many Action Research Projects, your research tests the results of a new intervention or innovation, or program within your classroom, school or district setting. n If you are doing this with your research, please briefly describe the intervention here. n If you are not implementing a new program or innovation, please indicate: Not applicable to this research proposal.
+ Methodology n Describe your research design and methodology in this section. n Include an in-depth discussion of how you will carry out your research. n If there are limitations, that may affect the outcome of your research, describe them in this section. An example of a limitation would be a high rate of students moved away n during the course of the research, etc. n Expected length: 2 -3+ pages + survey instruments, etc. n What data will you gather? n Include survey instruments, etc. in the body of your paper, or create an Appendix section at the end of the proposal and organize them within that section.
+ Data Analysis n Describe how you plan to analyze the data. n You are writing a proposal, so you can only describe how you plan to do this. n Include sufficient detail to allow others to repeat your process. n Expected length: 1 -2+ pages.
+ References n Angelides, P. , Evangelou, M. , Leigh, J. (2005). Implementing a collaborative model of action research for teacher development. Educational Action Research, 18(2), 275 -290. n Barnes, D. , (1998). Forward: Looking forward: The concluding remarks at the Castle Conference. In M. L. Hamilton, with S. Pinnegar, T. Russell, J. Loughran, & V. La. Boskey (Eds. ), Reconceptualizing teaching practice: Self-study in teacher education (pp. ix-xiv). London: Falmer Press. n Remember to double-space your entries.
+ Appendix n If needed: n Data Sets n Survey Instrument n Interview Instrument n Etc.
+ Reflection n Reflect in this area on your learning process as you put the proposal together. n Expected length: 2+ pages. n This is probably the most important learning area that will come from this project. Please take time to really think about what you learned. n Give examples. Deeply process your own learning. n How will this be useful to you in the future?