diagnosing the problem 1 of 4

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Assignment 1


As you are thinking of ways that action research can be used in your own setting, investigate and diagnose the problem you plan to study for your action research plan. Action research has four stages—planning, acting, developing, and reflecting. For this assessment, write a 3–5 page scholarly paper in which you focus solely on the first step of the planning stage: identifying the problem. Refer to the interactive Digital Action Research Plan, in which you have been collecting information, and use it as the basis of your paper.

The requirements for your assessment are as follows. Be sure to include a cover page and references page (not included in final page count) and adhere to APA formatting guidelines:

  • Provide a brief introduction to the study.
  • Describe the study setting and explain why the setting was chosen for this study.
  • Describe the problem, including the impact of diversity on the problem.
  • Describe the purpose of the proposed study.
  • Identify and describe who might benefit from the findings of the study and why.
  • Describe the baseline data and information you have gathered to inform the development of the study.
  • Review at least 3 or 4 peer-reviewed scholarly articles related to your proposed topic. These articles must have a publication date within the last 5 years. Please be sure to identify at least one theoretical and/or conceptual framework to support your study. Additionally, identify the gaps in the literature. Use current APA formatting guidelines to cite your resources.

Resources: Introduction to the Action Research Process

  • The following resources provide a solid overview of the action research process you will be planning throughout the assessments in this course. As you examine these resources, consider how the material you learn about might impact your own action research.
    • Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2019). Practical research: Planning and design (12th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson. Available from the bookstore.
      • Chapter 1, The Nature and Tools of Research,” pages 1–29. This chapter lays out the nature of true research and describes the general tools that make it possible.
      • Chapter 2, “The Problem: The Heart of the Research Process,” pages 30–57. This chapter describes how to identify a researchable problem and discusses why the problem is an integral component to guiding your inquiry.
    • Mertler, C. A. (2018). Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Available from the bookstore.
      • Chapter 1, “Introduction to Action Research,” pages 2–32. This chapter describes what action research is, compares it to traditional forms of educational research, discusses why it is important for educators to become involved in action research, and provides examples of its application. This chapter also covers different theories related to action research. As you consider these different theories, what similarities do they share, and how do they differ? Which might be most appropriate for your own planned research study?
      • Chapter 2, “Overview of the Action Research Process,” pages 34–50. This chapter describes the nine steps of the action research cycle and explains how this type of research methodology can be conducted.

Resources: Planning and Developing Your Action Research Plan

  • Mertler, C. A. (2018). Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Available from the bookstore.
    • Chapter 3, “Planning for Action Research,” pages 52–83. This chapter describes the process of identifying and narrowing the focus of a research topic, as well as the importance of gathering preliminary information related to the topic and conducting a literature review.
    • Chapter 4, “Developing a Research Plan,” pages 86–121. This chapter describes research questions and hypotheses, basic qualitative and quantitative research design, and ethical considerations when conducting action research.

Resources: Applications and Challenges of Action Research

    • ED-FPX5306 Action Research Library Guide.
    • Jefferson, R. N. (2014). Action research: Theory and applications. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 20(2), 91–116.
    • Mulford, B. (2006). Leading change for student achievement. Journal of Educational Change, 7(1/2), 47–58.
      • This article provides an interesting perspective on the relationship between teacher leadership and student achievement:
    • Tomal, D. R. (1999). Solving problems through action research. School Administrator, 56(1), 41.
      • According to Tomal, some problems can be addressed through simple common sense solutions, whereas other problems require a greater depth of analysis and a more systematic approach. In such cases where the problems are more complex and simple solutions are not an option, the author recommends using action research. Within the article, Tomal discusses some of the challenges in working with human subjects and provides a summary of methods one might use to gather information from human subjects.

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