Portland State University
School of Education
CI 560: Action Research CRN#:
D. Stevens, Ph.D.
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9:00- Noon (1st 4 weeks of summer term), Call
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instructor. Students with conditions affecting their abilities
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support and services.
PSU Graduate School of
Education Guiding Principles
create and sustain educational environments that serve all students
and address diverse needs.
encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the
challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks
inherent in following our convictions.
develop programs to promote social justice, especially for groups
that have been historically disenfranchised.
strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum,
practice and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
6. We model thoughtful inquiry as a basis
for sound decision-making.
Catalog course description:
Designed to help educators see themselves
as researchers, in order that they may conduct research in educational
settings that contribute to the improvement of education. Research
questions and methods appropriate for practicing educators will
Action research is systematic inquiry
into classroom and school practices designed to improve those practices. First,
classroom educators reflect on issues, problems or curiosities
in their practice. Next, they investigate the nature of the
problem or curiosity. Finally, they make action plans to
improve the situation. A side benefit of the class is that
the educators will share the wealth of what they have learned with
others. Thus, the action research cycle is a self-reflective,
systematic, data-driven and accountable process by which to improve
teaching and learning . John
Dewey (1904) reminds us
to teach well requires being conscientious students of our own
The purpose of
this course is to help educators in designing a project that studies
one aspect of their own practice. In CI 560 you will design
and plan your action research project. In CI 501, you will
implement the plans you have made in this class and write up a
G. E. (2003). Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher
Researcher. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice
A blank book for a journal (you may
continue to use a journal from another class, if you wish.)
CI 560-Action Research, Summer 2004, CRN #:82788
Chapters to be read
1. June 25
**(see below) ON-LINE
Action Research-A DEFINITION
Developing & writing "The
Developing & deciding
on the "Methods"
Using a journal to develop
Writing & the
Action Research Proposal
Action Research Problem Statment Rubric. Freewriting,
focused writing & action
Dividing into groups for methods
2. July 2
Using research literature
(View a resource on the APA
Go to library, browse stacks
Writing an abstract for a research
Writing a literature review
Problem Statement &
(download Problem Statment
(download Group Methods Rubric)
Bring in one article from the
library or internet about your topic
Read in Mills,
3. July 9
Feedback on problem statement & methods
Draft Literature Review
(download Lit Review Rubric)
(Returned Monday, July
12 for inclusion in final paper)
Read in Mills,
4. July 16
Final Proposal Presentations
Final full proposal due
(download Full Proposal
Creative Expression due
(download the Creative
** Class #1- Friday, June 25
Due to a family emergency, there will be no class on campus
class assignments and activities will be on-line at www.dannellestevens.com under
CI:560- Action Research Summer 2004. The
remainder of the classes will be on campus as scheduled.
Due to the fact that we will miss one whole day of classes, during
Class #2, I will schedule small group meetings for the week of July
6, to answer questions and help people develop their projects further. I
am sorry for the inconvenience.
Assignments: SEE RUBRICS FOR FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF ASSIGNMENTS
1. Problem Statement (Download) 10 pts.
2. Literature Review (Download) 15 pts.
Share one article and write
an abstract about it (Download) 5 pts.
3. Group Methodology Presentation (Download) 15 pts.
Study, Interview, Survey, Draw-a-Scientist,
Groups, Observation, Concept maps
4. Individual Methods (Download) 15 pts.
5. Final Proposal-all the pieces together (Download) 30
Problem Identification, Literature Review, Individual
6. Journal- each student will keep a professional/personal journal.
(Download) 5 pts.
Turn in your Table of Contents and copy of one significant
entry at the end of the term.
response activity (Download) 10
or group response
Points 100 pts.