Action Research
February 9, 2016, 9:30-12
Cabarrus County Schools Transportation Department/Auxiliary Services
Kathy Parker, School Library Media Consultant, NCDPI, DTL
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Session Overview | Participants will...

  • Review common steps of action research
  • Examine school library related action research projects
  • Brainstorm action research areas of focus

Establishing a Foundation: How is action research relevant to our work as school library media coordinators? (20 mins.)

From Feedback:

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Which statement most accurately describes your thoughts on action research? I'm interested in conducting action research, but I don't really know where to start.

Six Step Pair Share: Take 6 steps and find a partner. Discuss your answers to the questions on your slips of paper.

Activity: Table Groups-Examine examples of action research (30-45 mins.)
In your table group, examine an action research project linked below
Discuss aspects of this project
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Discussion Questions: Assign a recorder for your group to capture your discussion.
Does the project have a clear area of focus? If so, what is it? What kind of innovation/intervention was applied in this project? For this action research project, what kind of data was collected and from what sources? How was this data interpreted? How can the results be used for advocacy? How can the findings inform future decisions about this library/program? What are your overall thoughts about this project?

Break: Recharge (10 mins.)

Action Research Process (10 mins.): Review possible steps in the process and then post to the padlet.
Action Research Process For Teacher Librarians Made Simple (requires NCWiseowl login)
GTN Slides
Get in the Action: Candid Librarian Blog
IMPACT (pg. 174)
What is Action Research-ASCD

Activity: Brainstorm action research area of focus (40 mins.)
Download the GTN Area of Focus Document
Complete the first page individually
Partner with a colleague and together go through a few of the discussion questions about each others' focus areas.
Share out

Activity: Collecting Data (15 mins.)
Input in the AnswerGarden data and data sources that may be relevant to action research

Feedback: Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

Resources for Another Day
Get in the Action (LMTT webcast)