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University of Phoenix

Action Research And Evaluation

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Overview / Abstract:

This course examines action research and its role in decision-making and in educational practices. Students are introduced to various types of action research and to the elements of the action research process, including identifying a problem, determining a problem statement and a purpose, conducting a literature review, planning for the collection and the analysis of data, and creating a plan of action. Methods for collecting, evaluating, and analyzing data are discussed. Students identify ethical issues related to research as well, including a professional code of ethics, confidentiality, and research using human subjects. In addition, they synthesize and apply the content of the course by writing a proposal for an action research study.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Introduction to Action Research

Define action research.
Distinguish between types of action research.
Identify the components of action research.
Review examples of action research.
Explain how action research can be utilized to effect school improvement and change.
Examine opportunities to conduct action research collaboratively.
Introduction to the Action Research Process

Examine the role of reflection on practice in generating ideas for a research focus.
Determine appropriate topics for an action research study.
Identify the elements of an effective research question.
Determine varied sources relevant to a research problem.
Explain the importance of the literature review.
Compare qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
Collecting Data

Examine quantitative research designs and methods, and issues in collecting data.
Explain ways of ensuring validity in action research.
Develop a plan for collecting data.
Initial Steps in Developing an Action Research Study

Examine quantitative research designs and methods, and issues in collecting data.
Explain ways of ensuring validity in action research.
Develop a plan for collecting data.
Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Explain the purpose of interim data analysis and its importance in action research.
Describe ways to analyze and report results for qualitative data.
Describe ways to analyze and report results for quantitative data.
Draw conclusions from data.
Ethical Issues Related to Educational Research

Outline guidelines for conducting research using human subjects.
Analyze the impact of technology on the ethical issue of confidentiality in educational research.
Discuss the ethical use of data in educational decision-making.
Assess ethical considerations when publishing reports of a research study.
Develop a process for following ethical guidelines throughout an action research study.
Creating a Proposal for an Action Research Study

Produce a proposal for an action research study.
Prepare an overview of the proposal for presentation.

Expiration

Nov 05, 2020

Discipline(s)

Education (Higher Ed) , Education (K-12)

Format

Online

Cost

Varies

Credits / Hours

4.0 CEU

Keywords / Search Terms

University of Phoenix

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