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Tuesday, November 29

  1. page home edited ... This is a space where you can share your Action Research Syllabus and ideas for teaching and s…
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    This is a space where you can share your Action Research Syllabus and ideas for teaching and supporting action Research. I am returning to this area and doing some editing to make it less redundant with the course. You are invited to add your ideas to these pages. The history button keeps track of page versions so we can restore pages if anything goes wrong (so don't worry). Over time, we hope that our collective minds will provide a supportive environment for those who are engaging in a formal process of action research as well as those who want to make action research a habit of mind
    You can use the discussion tab to start a discussion about anything you read in either part. . Also, you can have the site notify you (by email) when a specified page, or the whole site, is modified. These pages will be developed for use by those who are engaged in action research or supporting action researchers and are monitored by Margaret Riel (mriel@pepperdine.edu), Pepperdine University. Feel free to join and work out your ideas on the wiki pages or to start a discussion.
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    will be moved.moved -- development is taking place at ccar2.wikispaces.com for now. )
    3) Action Research Outcomes
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    I have added a video stream of an action research conference presentation of action research by MA students at Pepperdine.
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    about to takketake off to
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    I have just added the 10th tutorial on the iterative cyclic notion of action research. It is called cycles of change and will help you think through how to move
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Wednesday, November 16

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    2) Students verbally "walked" us through their logic model.
    3) Later, their learning circle mates and I offered comments and suggestions to the logic model using voice or text.
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    graphic programs (Lucid Chart ) and templates
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    B. Forces that Support or Challenge your Project
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Tuesday, November 8

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    quantifiable change?
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    one another. TheseThese include observation
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    and sociograms. SomeSome action researchers
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    their work. MichaelMichael Sweeney charted
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    his actions. TerryTerry Bolduc-Adams analyzed
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    faculty meetings toto understand the
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    -Dr. Riel 1/27/07
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Tuesday, November 1

  1. page EXAMPLE of a Consent Letter edited ... to be changed or deleted. I give my permission for my child _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _…

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    I give my permission for my child _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to participate in the research project with [name].
    Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Parent/Guardian Signature: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Please print your name on this line: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    I am happy to respond to any questions or concerns you might have, please feel free to contact me [name]:
    email:
    phone:
    [If you are only informing the parents, you might use this text in place of the above final paragraph and signature block]
    I have read and understand that you are improving your practice and that my child will have the opportunity to engage in this new learning format.
    Parent/Guardian Signature: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Please print your name on this line: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Please list any questions or concerns you might have: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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    This consent or information letter template can be adjusted to fit your need. The information in brackets needs to be changed or deleted.
    Dear Parent/Guardian:
    I am a trainee teacher with Colchester Teacher Training Consortium and am completing a PGCE with Greenwich University. As part of my PGCE I am undertaking a piece of Action Research part as a way to improve my practice and your child's learning. I want to improve the way I [work with/ teach/ learn/ complete this prompt]. Not only will your participation help my action research study, it will lbe shared with the staff at (school name here).
    [What ways will the students be involved]
    The students in [my class/goup] will have the opportunity to [what will the action involve]. [In this paragraph give the specifics of your improvement study. If you are including all students, then describe how and why you are involving them. What data will you collect]. I will be comparing their work from (outline what is happening in your 'Action' here) examining their change in [what skill, ability, or attitude]. Students will be asked to evaluate their own progress as well.
    [Risks and confidentiality]
    Rest assured the educational success of your child is my main priority. I don't anticipate any risks to your child. I have discussed this with my school mentor and have permission from the Headteacher, (name here).
    All evidence of learning that I use [specify: quizzes, surveys, video recordings, and observational notes]- will be kept confidential and secure. Your child's name or identifying information will not be used in any public reports of my research. I will use coded numbers and labels to organize any data and notes. I will share the anonymous information with [list the people, for example, members of my PGCE or ITT programme, my tutors and other teachers].
    [If participation is voluntary, modify this paragraph]
    Participation in this study is voluntary. Your child is free to refuse to be part of my research. Your child may change his/her mind about participation in this research at any time. Your child’s position at school will not be influenced by agreeing or refusing to participate in any portion of this research. If you have any questions about my plans, please contact me, [name] either by e-mail [email] or by phone [phone]. You are also welcome to contact my PGCE Tutor, {name] at [email].
    [If participation in learning activities is a part of the normal learning process, use this paragraph instead of the one above]
    The students in the class will participate in this learning adventure and we are hopeful that they will find it rewarding. The feedback and assessment will be a normal part of my teaching practice and I am hopeful that this change will lead to improve confidence and competence of the students. If you or your students have any questions about these changes, please speak with me. If you have any questions about my plans, please contact me, [name] either by e-mail [email] or by phone [phone]. You are also welcome to contact my PGCE Lead tutor, Corinna Harte, at [email or phone].
    [If consent is necessary include this]
    If you agree that your child is able to take part in my project, please return a signed copy of this form to me as soon as possible. You may keep the other copy for future reference. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and I hope your child enjoys ...

    I give my permission for my child _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to participate in the research project with [name].
    Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
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    This consent or information letter template can be adjusted to fit your need. The information in brackets needs to be changed or deleted.
    Dear Parent/Guardian:
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    am a graduate student in the Graduate Schooltrainee teacher with Colchester Teacher Training Consortium and am completing a PGCE with Greenwich University. As part of Education at [name of university] ormy PGCE I am takingundertaking a piece of Action Research part in action research as a
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    child's learning. I am working in the Masters in Education program to increase my skill in [your area]. [or] As part of my ongoing professional development, I am exploring new ways to [do what?]. I want
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    it will likely improve [describelbe shared with the changes] are usedstaff at [name of place of work] in the future. (school name here).
    [What ways will the students be involved]
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    in [my class/ my first section/ homeroom/ after school session]class/goup] will have
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    work from the first semester to the second semester(outline what is happening in your 'Action' here) examining their
    [Risks and confidentiality]
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    your child. [If there are risks, be sure to list themI have discussed this with my school mentor and how you plan to minimize them.]have permission from the Headteacher, (name here).
    All evidence
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    kept confidential on my school computer.and secure. Your child's
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    of my Master's Program,PGCE or ITT programme, my Professorstutors and other
    [If participation is voluntary, modify this paragraph]
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    Your child’s standingposition at MNVAschool will not
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    contact my professor, [name]PGCE Tutor, {name] at [email or phone].[email].
    [If participation in learning activities is a part of the normal learning process, use this paragraph instead of the one above]
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    with me. I am working hard to find the best ways to continual improve my practice and I value both your feedback and the views of your students. If you
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    contact my professor, [name]PGCE Lead tutor, Corinna Harte, at [email
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    child enjoys the integration of media and social technology tools into their education! I am very excited about the potential of these tools to improve your child's performance and my educational practice. ...
    I give my permission for my child _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to participate in the research project with [name].
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Thursday, September 22

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    1) An Open (Free) Online Course on Action Research
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    TheAction research helps you to become a more powerful version of yourself, able to enage others in a process of continual learning and change. The course is
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    be used on thinking about each person'ssupport the action research activities.ideas of each person in the group or class. I have
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    This is a space where you can share your Action Research Syllabus and ideas for teaching and supporting action Research. I am returning to this area and doing some editing to make it less redundant with the course. You are invited to add your ideas to these pages. The history button keeps track of page versions so we can restore pages if anything goes wrong (so don't worry). Over time, we hope that our collective minds will provide a supportive environment for those who are engaging in a formal process of action research as well as those who want to make action research a habit of mind
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  2. page T5 Resources edited ... 4) University of Arizona provides help in developing Logic Models Visit http://cyfernetsearch.…
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    4) University of Arizona provides help in developing Logic Models Visit http://cyfernetsearch.org/node/421 to see a video on why you might want to use a logic model. Their focus is on evaluation research but this also works for action research. This web-based Logic Model builder provides step-by-step processes to build models, identify common measures, and also to build surveys.
    5) It is good to have a way for people to discuss their logic models and voice threads is a good technology for doing this. You can see how we used it at Pepperdine to have students both present and discuss their logic modes. At the time we created this, it was only for the class and the participants did not think that anyone else would listen to it, but they have agreed have their discussion posted here to help you see how this activity can help people think collectively about their plans to make changes.
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    the professor. Moving the circular cursor over the timeline, you can see who is speaking and how long each person speaks. It demonstrates
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    The sequence was:
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    model which was posted into a voicethread.
    Students
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    3) Later, their learning
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    logic model inusing voice or text.
    6) There are many graphic programs (Lucid Chart ) and templates for creating logic models including the graphics available in presentation software like powerpoint or prezi.
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  3. page T5 Resources edited ... 4) University of Arizona provides help in developing Logic Models Visit http://cyfernetsearch.…
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    4) University of Arizona provides help in developing Logic Models Visit http://cyfernetsearch.org/node/421 to see a video on why you might want to use a logic model. Their focus is on evaluation research but this also works for action research. This web-based Logic Model builder provides step-by-step processes to build models, identify common measures, and also to build surveys.
    5) It is good to have a way for people to discuss their logic models and voice threads is a good technology for doing this. You can see how we used it at Pepperdine to have students both present and discuss their logic modes. At the time we created this, it was only for the class and the participants did not think that anyone else would listen to it, but they have agreed have their discussion posted here to help you see how this activity can help people think collectively about their plans to make changes.
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    thread" you will need tocan advance through the slides and listen what was shared onslides. On each slide there is a audio file to play with comments from students to each ofother, as well as my comments as the logic models.professor. It demonstrates how you can have an asynchronous audio discussion around an object online.
    Students created a logic model.
    It was posted in a voicethread.
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