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A. Values Search

We all live by core values. Some of these are more personal and others are shared in our professional workplace. When looking for a way to get started with action research, many find it helpful for think through their most important values.

In your Action Research Blog respond to the following questions:

  • What drives you?
  • blog-readers.jpgWhat challenges you?
  • What keeps you up at night or appears as the most important issues when you think about going to work?
  • What are you deeply curious about?
  • How would you like to change?
  • What are the changes that you would be most proud of?
  • If you could be more of an expert in one area, what would that area be and why?

Template for responding to these question.

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B. Value Core:

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 11.48.51 PM.pngMake a list of 10 values that are important to you. Combine or rank order until you have five values. See if you can find the one to three that you think are most important and then think of a personal story that shows why these values are important to you, how you have lived them in the past, or sets the stage for how you want to live them in the future. Share in your learning circles or use the discuss button on this site to share a personal story. If you see a story written by someone else, take a few minutes to reflect on how you react to that value.

Template for value search.

c. In your research Blog, list a few possible questions or challenges that you want to explore...

Then I want you to transform your values into questions. For example, if you value equity, your questions might be:
How do I create a classroom climate where all students are able to learn in ways that engage them? Or if a core value was creative problem solving, you might ask: How can I create an a workplace culture where people find and solve problems without being told to do this? If social justice was the value, you might want to think about what could be done to reduce the rate of recidivism among prisoners.
Here are some possible project questions:

----How can I inspire people in our office to work more collaboratively and
efficiently on projects?
----What changes to my leadership approach might create a more involved
and engaged team?
----How can I share my passion for learning with my students?
----How could I better prepare nurses to provide the level of care that will heal
patients in both mind and spirit?

Template for Guiding Research Question.

D) Writing your first draft of the Opening to your Action Research

Once you have decided on the problem you are tackling and why you are doing this, you are ready to write the opening paragraphs of your report. This is where you make the case for the importance of the problem and how you might develop new skills or strategies to approach a solution to the problem. This draft is likely to change as the way you see the problem naturally shifts as you start the dialogue with others and their viewpoints might alter yours. But it is good to have a page of description of the problem as a placeholder for the beginning of your report. You can make your final report a website or a paper or a more visual framework like a board in pinterest.
But it is important to begin the sharing process which is a critical part of doing research.

Template for Draft of Opening

Continue forward to Tutorial 4.THE RESEARCH CONTEXT

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