Developing an Investigative Plan: “What Are the Steps in Your Study?”*
Once you have identified your inquiry question, the next step to make a plan and identify the classroom and student data that can best answer your question. This is often the most difficult and, yet very important, part of the research process. Traditional assessment strategies, such as exams and homework, provide valuable information about what and how your students learn.
Join us in our third meeting as we identify key prompts, approaches, and strategies that will help you develop and implement your investigative plan. We will begin documenting our work using an e-portfolio.
* This is part of the series from the project of Amy Woods, University of Illinois 2013-2014 Distinguished Teacher-Scholar: “Inquiry into the University Classroom: A Journey toward Scholarly Teaching”
When asked, we can tell you when a specific strategy or assignment worked well or didn’t and perhaps, to a lesser degree, when a particular concept was not well understood by our students. But if asked to explain why, how many of us can really explain the reasons for those successful and not as successful moments?
In this series we will design and implement a structured examination of the teaching and learning in our courses. Specifically, we will address a unique problem or issue and then develop a process to test our inquiry question. The results of our inquiry should lead to more reflective, purposeful teaching and enhanced student learning.
Learning Community Discussions and Work Session
Please mark these sessions on your calendar
1. Sept. 25th - Introduction to Scholarly Teaching and Classroom Action Research: “Asking Questions about Your Teaching is a Good Thing”
2. Oct. 9th - Defining an Inquiry Hypothesis: “What Question Do You Want to Explore?”
3. Oct. 23rd - Developing an Investigative Plan: “What Are the Steps in Your Study?"
4. Nov. 6th- Using Quantitative and/or Qualitative Data: “Where Can You Find Key Data?”
5. Nov. 13th - The Ethical and Legal Aspects of CAR: “How to Obtain Institutional Approval and Student Consent”