FOR TEACHER LIBRARIANS
California State University. (2016). Action Research Model - Teacher Grants -. Retrieved May 29, 2017, from http://www.csuchico.edu/teacher-grants/CILS/ar_model.shtml
Howard, J. K., & Eckhardt, S. A. (2005). Why Action Research: The Leadership Role of the Library Media Specialist. Library Media Connection, 24(2), 32.
Laycock,D. & Long, M. (2010) Action Research? Anyone Can! Your guide to action research. International Boys' School Coalition, Retrieved from http://drjj.uitm.edu.my/DRJJ/MATRIC2010/5.%20Anyone_can_Action_Research-DRJJ-02022010.pdf
Mertler, C. A. (2009). Action research: Teachers as researchers in the classroom (2nd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage.
Robins, J. (2015). Action research empowers school librarians. School Library Media Research, 18, 1-38.
Kay Oddone http://www.linkinglearning.com.au/
What is Action Research?
Why use Action Research?
What could I research?
How do I conduct Action Research?
- a collaborative research process, by teachers, for teachers, in order to improve their own practice.
- a practical and relevant way for teachers to undertake a planned, systematic approach to investigate change for improvement.
- a method of critically reflecting on one's teaching.
- a cyclical and iterative process of planning, acting, developing and reflecting.
- captures qualitative evidence for library reporting which demonstrates the rich role of the library and the teacher librarian beyond simple statistics.
- provides a method for teacher librarian reflection to be systematic and evidence-
- enhances collaboration between teacher librarian and teaching staff, and informs complex decision-making
- creates high quality, context specific evidence to inform and improve practice.
Topics relevant to the local context. Laycock and Long (2010) suggest you "Start off with a question, like Why do the boys in my class...? Think about how you could develop
that question into something which includes an intervention, like What happens when I ...?
- Increasing hits to school databases
- Raising the public profile of the library
- Encouraging parental borrowing
- Promoting professional reading with staff
- Investigating links between borrowing & NAPLAN results
This is an iterative process
Adapted from Howard & Eckhardt (2005)