Workshop B6: Are YOU ready for action?

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Published on January 24, 2008

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Workshop B6 by Berry van de Wouw. In this workshop you will get acquainted with the basic principles of Action Research, you will find out whether Action Research can be a useful tool for you to improve your teaching practice.

Welcome

 

Programme - Introduction - What is AR? - AR: a tool for YOU?

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EDUCATION = CHANGE

IMPOSED CHANGE

CHANGE INSPIRED BY TEACHERS

THE TEACHER MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

HOW DO I IMPROVE WHAT I AM DOING?

TRIAL & ERROR

TRIAL & SUCCESS

 

ACTION RESEARCH: WHAT IS IT?

KURT LEWIN (1946): AR is comparative research in which the researcher participates

Classical research

Participant research

AR-Goals: - bring about change - generate knowledge - personal growth , self-improvement

QUESTION: Is it possible to work on improvement of education without working on your own professional development?

Basis of Action Research: a need for change to solve a PROBLEM

Examples (real-life) - no time to concentrate on weaker students students don’t read enough - not enough female participation in chemistry classes

Examples (real-life)

- no time to concentrate on weaker students

students don’t read enough

- not enough female participation

in chemistry classes

Examples (real-life) - too many students are skipping class students feel blocked in front of an audience

Examples (real-life)

- too many students are skipping class

students feel blocked in front

of an audience

Examples (real-life) - students don’t cooperate well in projects - Dutch and foreign students don’t cooperate well

Examples (real-life) - students don’t work independently - great differences in level

Examples (real-life) - inefficient w ork schedule inefficient working place - relationship problem with colleagues

Examples (real-life)

- inefficient w ork schedule

inefficient working place

- relationship problem with colleagues

Action Research: structure / procedure

 

 

An action research at the Academy of Tourism “ How can I contribute to a succesful introduction of the Common European Framework of Languages at the AT?”

 Reflection + Fact Finding  Zero measurement: knowledge / skills / attitude  Action: creating awareness of possible implications (+ and -) -info (folders, articles, newsletters, etc.) -workshop European Framework -plan of approach  Second measurement  Reflection / Result

Reflection - continuous + systematic - side-effect: better understanding of your students

Methodology / claim to knowledge - poll/survey - observation - audio/video - triangulation - professional journal - critical friends

AR-questions “ How can I…?” ` “ How do I …?”

- How do I stop my students from feeling blocked in front of an audience? How can I encourage autonomy in motivated learners so that I can concentrate on weaker students?

- How do I stop my students from feeling

blocked in front of an audience?

How can I encourage autonomy

in motivated learners so that I can

concentrate on weaker students?

- What can I do to encourage additional reading? Refined question: Can I change the way the students are assessed so that they are encouraged to read more?

- What can I do to encourage additional

reading?

Refined question:

Can I change the way the students are

assessed so that they are encouraged

to read more?

- How do I improve my relationship with my colleagues? How do I manage my work schedule more efficiently?

- How do I improve my relationship with

my colleagues?

How do I manage my work schedule

more efficiently?

How can I change my teaching practice so as to improve work atmosphere? - How can I contribute to better cooperation between foreign and Dutch students? - How can I prevent students from skipping class?

How can I change my teaching practice

so as to improve work atmosphere?

- How can I contribute to better cooperation

between foreign and Dutch students?

- How can I prevent students from

skipping class?

 

 

Now hang on… What about possible negative aspects? … … …

 

 

Reference books -Jean McNiff: “ You and Your Action Research Project” (RoutledgeFalmer - London) -Petra Ponte “ Onderwijs van eigen makelij” Nelissen - Soest)

 

Thank you very much [email_address]

ACTION RESEARCH: GIVE IT A TRY!

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