Essay on Comparative Look At Action Research

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Comparative Look at Action Research
Education is rooted in research-based strategies and practices. The question, “What does the research say?” is a primary consideration when making important educational decisions. Traditional research methods help guide educators and education professionals with these decisions, most commonly offering qualitative and quantitative data that support student achievement. While this type of research certainly helps to make informed decisions, the research is typically conducted by outside sources through process-product and qualitative paradigms, lacking the insight of classroom teachers (Dana & Yendol-Hoppey, 2009). Teacher research (also referred to as action research and teacher inquiry) offers a different approach in which “inquiring professionals seek out change by reflecting on their practice” (University of Florida, 2012, p. 1). The teacher inquiry process provides educators with a personal connection to research “that can lead to educational renewal and reform” (Dana & Yendol-Hoppey, 2009, p. 2).
The findings of traditional research methods have led my school and district through ongoing improvements for teaching and learning. Over the past six years, I have become familiarized with a myriad of acronyms (such as RTI, PBIS, CCSS, and PLC) in an effort to implement the most recent and convincing research data in our schools. The district administration is typically involved in reviewing the data conducted by outside sources…

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