Week 5 (Sept.26,06) Frame & Refine Your Research Questions Agenda for Today Hot Topic Debate - Relate to our schools and teaching (30) Process reading (30) ----------------- (10) Refine your research questions (30) Peer review INTRO (20)
About draft #1 (10) Agenda I Hot Topic Debate Hot Topic Debate Is Full Inclusion of Disabled students desirable?
Discussion Leaders: Jessica Carvel Katie Dougherty Brain Radcliffe Megan Kappauf Agenda II Process Readings Research Questions
Develop & Refine What are characteristics of good Research Questions (Process readings) Characteristics of good research questions?
Brainstorming Researchable Why/Why not? Should philosophy be included in the high school curriculum? What is the meaning of life? Feasible?
Is humanistically oriented classroom effective? Clear? How do teachers feel about special classes for the educationally handicapped?
Defining terms Significant worth investigating? Weather getting the answers to a question is worth the time and energy (and often money) Three important questions to ask about the value/significance of the study
3? Two weaknesses of student justification for a proposed study? Ethical? A Research Question: Whats Wrong? (5.2) Do LD/ADHD students engage in
meaningful discussions during literature circles? How to fix this? What are the core principles of framing a research question? How to Refine the Research Question? Do LD/ADHD students engage in
meaningful discussions during literature circles? Four core principles:
Ask only real questions Avoid yes/no questions Eliminate jargon Avoid value-laden words or phrases Question Refined What happens when students identified with special needs engage in discussions during reading instruction? Researchable?
Feasible Clear Significant Ethical (later) Characteristics of good research questions Researchable Feasible
Clear Significant Ethical (later) How about your own question? Researchable, feasible, clear, significant, ethical?
10 Qualities of a good research purpose and/or research question 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
It is grounded in a theoretical framework. It is builds on, but also offers something new to, previous research. It has the potential to suggest directions for future research. It is a purpose or question that the researcher is sincerely interested and/or invested in. It addresses directly or indirectly some real problem in the world.
10 Qualities of a good research purpose and/or research question (cont.) 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
It takes ethical issues into consideration. It clearly states the variables or constructs to be examined. It is not biased in terminology or position. It has multiple possible answers. It is simple, or at least manageable. Agenda III Frame and Refine Your Research Questions
Frame/Refine your research questions Group work Frame your Research Question Form a group of 4/5 people Share with the group your observation
what Ive learned last week about teaching? Frame/refine your question and prepare for a 1-minute presentation/defense 1-minute presentation/defense
What is your research question and subquestions? (Poster) Why do you think it is a good/not-so-good research question? You sincerely interested and/or invested in? Researchable? Feasible? Clear? Significant?
Real world problem Ethical? Agenda IV INTRODUCTION (Peer Review) Steps of in doing a research study (review)
Preparing a proposal describing the study to be done and its significance (Course Project). Collecting and analyzing data. Writing a report of the completed study. 3 major steps in doing a research study (Review)
Preparing a proposal describing the study to be done and its significance (EDU651) Collecting and analyzing data (EDU652) Writing a report of the complete study (EDU652)
Components of a Research Proposal Jigsaw Action Research example #1 What is the structure of the research report? Parts that make a whole
What is the background info-in what way does the author stated the problem? What is the purpose of the study?
What are the research question and subquestions? Format of a Research Report/Proposal Abstract Introduction
Problem Statement Purpose of the study
Research questions Definition of terms Review of the literature Methodology Results/Findings (Research Report) Significance of the study (Text/body 12-16 pages double spaced) References
Bibliography Appendices Introduction Components (Draft #1) Problem Statement/Background information Purpose of the study Research questions Definition of terms
An annotated bibliography of 8 entries Pear Review Q & A for Draft #1
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