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An Introduction to Action Research

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit is designed to introduce using action research in the classroom to address teaching challenges. It contains:

  • Expected training outcomes
  • Preparation instructions
  • Training strategies and tips
  • Implementation steps
  • Follow-up activities for teachers
  • Follow-up activities for administrators/directors
  • A learning assessment
  • A training evaluation/further needs assessment
  • A resource list
  • The article “Action Research: What Is It? Why Is It Important” by Diane E. Levin.
  • A training certificate to award to teachers for attendance and participation
  • A certificate for the trainer and other presenters

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audience for this kit is intermediate and advanced teachers working with children from birth to age 8. This kit will introduce teachers to using action research in the classroom to address teaching challenges.

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is 1.5 - 2.0 hours. Implementation time is estimated at 1.5 hours

Training Outcomes:

  1. Teachers will be able to describe action research and how it might be used in the classroom to address teaching challenges and enhance teaching effectiveness.
  2. Teachers will list the six steps of action research.
  3. Teachers will identify three of the approaches to action research.
  4. Teachers will identify a classroom problem for which action research may be a useful tool for addressing the problem (the question).
  5. Teachers will develop a plan to complete an action research project on the identified problem.

These training outcomes address the following professional standards:

  • E.02, 1.E.03, 3.G.02, and 4.D.01 of the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria (2005), www.naeyc.org/accreditation/academy.asp.
  • 1, 3, 4a-b, 4d, 5 of NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Initial Licensure Level (2003), www.naeyc.org/accreditation/faculty/degrees.asp.
  • 1304.21(a)(3)(i)(C), 1304.21(c)(1), and 1304.21(c)(2) of Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1996, Volume 61, Number 215), www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/hsb/performance/.
  • E2, E9, F5, and F6 of the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, National Association of Child Care Professionals, www.naccp.org.

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