Action Research
August 25, 2016; 1-3
Rockingham County Schools
Kathy Parker, School Library Media Consultant, NCDPI, DTL

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Session Overview | Participants will...
  • Review action research's connection to our professional standards
  • Brainstorm action research areas of focus
  • Examine school library related action research projects to inform our practice

How is action research connected to our professional standards?

Needs Assessment Survey Results

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"I am interested in conducting action research, but I don't really know where to start."

Activity: Brainstorm action research area of focus (40 mins.)
Locate your area of focus sheet
Complete the first page individually
Partner with a colleague and together go through 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
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Activity: Examine examples of action research (30 mins.)
Examine an action research project linked below
Input your thoughts in this Google doc

Reflection Questions:
Does the project have a clear area of focus? If so, what is it? For this action research project, what kind of data was collected and from what sources? How was this data interpreted? Did this project impact student achievement? If so, how? How can the findings inform future decisions about this library/program? What are your overall thoughts about this project?

Resources for Another Day
Action Research Process For Teacher Librarians Made Simple (requires NCWiseowl login)
Get in the Action: Candid Librarian Blog
GTN Slides
IMPACT (pg. 174)
NCSLMA Action Research Grant
What is Action Research-ASCD

Feedback: Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.