What is classroom research and how can it improve my technology integration in my classroom?
Classroom research (action research) is a reflective practice. It is something that is done by you. You reflect, or research your own work, and decide whether or not it works for you (McNiff, 2002). The basic steps of action research are identifying a problem or something you would like to improve, creating solutions and then testing them. Finally, evaluating those solutions and if it works, changing your practice (McNiff, page 07). ” Kolk, the author of the article, “Embrace Action Research” refers to action as the change you are trying to implement, and research to refer to your understanding of the learning environment. According to Kolk, the action research process can help you understand what is happening in your classroom and identify changes that improve teaching and learning. By using this method, you collect data about your current teaching practices and at the end, adjust your curriculum content or teaching strategies as needed.
Action research can benefit and improve my technological integration in my classroom in many ways. First off, by “admitting” that I have a problematic area that needs improvement. For instance, classroom management. By following the steps of action research, I can identify changes that will improve my classroom management strategies. If how I present instruction on the IPad isn’t working, I can research ways that improve my delivery, or researching ways how the IPad can benefit in each subject area. Another way classroom research can improve technological integration in my classroom is sharing my findings with others. Using the internet as a resource for my results will benefit other educators, and it’ll give me more practice with publishing and creating webpages.
University students completed a study on classroom research. At the end, they concluded that their literacy instruction improved, their use of resources improved, as well as collaborating with their colleagues. Some of the requirements included in their project was using at least five different resources, most of which had to do with technology. They were able to collect student data, work, assessments, and post reflections, in a more organized and understandable way.
Embrace Action Research. (n.d.). Retrieved September 2, 2015.
Hong, C., & Lawrence, S. (2011, April 4). Action Research in Teacher Education: Classroom Inquiry, Reflection, and Data-Driven Decision Making. Retrieved September 2, 2015, from http://www.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/330733.pdf
McNiff, J. (2002). Action research for professional development Concise advice for new action researchers.