Let's Try Action Research!by: Ginger Stovall and Catherine R. Nesbit

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A first-grade teacher discusses what she gained from her participation in a Science and Children action research project questioning students on their knowledge of animals. The teacher then describes how misconceptions were addressed with a constructivist intervention.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
2/1/2003

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  • on Wed May 16, 2012 9:56 PM

By replicating an earlier study on children’s perceptions of animals, a teacher discovered some important teaching practices to be sure to include in her future instructional units. For example, she discovered that assessing students’ background knowledge before planning instruction was important in order to address her students’ needs and misconceptions. She also discovered the need to carefully select reading material so that misconceptions wouldn’t be reinforced or allow new misunderstandings to be created. She attributes her success at conducting action research to a Science and Children article that provided all the details she needed to venture forth. That article is listed under the author’s references. For anyone considering “getting their feet wet” in action research, this article will provide some ideas on how to “test the waters”.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)


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