What are the characteristics of an engaging Action Research Report?
There are many characteristics that make action research reports interesting. I read two reports called, “The Joy of Writing: Creating a Class Culture of Writing,” by Derek O’Halloran, and “Assessment: A New Science Teacher’s Attempt to Use Assessment as a Form of Conversation,” by Christopher O. Tracy. There were a few things that really stood out to me that made their reports interesting.
O’Halloran started his report by using quotes about writing. I thought that was a interesting way to get the readers’ attention. Another thing I liked about his report was his use of catchy section titles. For instance, “What on Earth Was I Thinking?” was the title for his introduction part of the report. These creative elements the researcher included made it more engaging for me, as a reader.
Good visualizations, including charts, graphs, and pictures, can make your report more interesting and engaging (Rogers, 2014). O’Tracy included his student surveys at the end of his report. Some researches will reference their visualizations as they are talking about them. I think either way works fine.
Another thing that makes a report engaging is the narrative (Sterne, 2014), or the background. The narrative, or background section, is telling the readers how you came about the research. “What’s the story?” behind this research. It’s always interesting to read, or see how the research questions were raised.
There are many things that make action research reports engaging, these three things are what interested me. In the report, “The Joy of Writing…” what really stuck with me however, was the catchy sectional titles. When I come to writing my report, I would like to change mine to make them more appealing.
My data analysis is starting off slow. I feel like I’m procrastinating and I need motivation. I think having a peer or someone working with me on this report would make the analysis part more “fun.” I guess this is just part of the resource process. I’m getting there though!
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O’Halloran, D. (2000). The Joy of Writing: Creating a Class Culture for Writing.
O’Tracy, C. (2002). Assessment: A New Teacher’s Attempt to use Assessment as Form of Conversation.
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