Action Research for Teacher Candidates: Using Classroom Data by Robert P. Pelton

By Robert P. Pelton

Academics are the one most vital point in assisting each baby achieve university. motion examine for instructor applicants has been written within the hopes of equipping teachers-in-training with the abilities wanted for motion study: a approach that results in targeted, powerful, and responsive thoughts that aid scholars be successful. Robert P. Pelton is additionally the writer of creating lecture room Inquiry paintings: strategies for potent motion examine, that's designed to serve those that desire to delve deeper into their motion learn or as leaders in instructor study and reflective perform. those books function either an ideal education curriculum for pre-service lecturers on the undergraduate or graduate point and as a good automobile for pro improvement for in-service lecturers.

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Chapter 3, “Developing an Action Research Project,” will get you started on this. As you implement the process, remember that action research not only impacts children, it also impacts you! It is not just another assignment on your way to graduation. The work you put into developing your expertise as a reflective practitioner and action researcher will help make you a responsive teacher and place you on the forefront of a national movement of educational reform and change. As you proceed from being a teacher-in-training to becoming an exemplary practitioner who utilizes the action research approach, you will do so with the full knowledge that you are not only highly qualified to teach but also a high quality teacher who is also highly desirable to employ!

There are lots of other documents created by or for teachers that are potentially meaningful qualitative data sources. Some of the obvious ones include lesson plans, grading rubrics, content standards and objectives, student IEPs (Individualized Education Programs), textbooks, concrete manipulatives, Web sites, and other educational materials. This is by no means a complete list, and anything created by or for teachers to help them do what they do can be considered a “teacher document” and, therefore, a potential qualitative data source.

He [my student] is starting to really understand what he reads” (Pelton 2007, p. 226). As you can see, action research had a positive effect on these teacher candidates and can have a powerful effect on your own professional growth and development. indd 21 8/26/10 3:09 PM 22 Robert P. Pelton candidates from a position of “performing” lessons to placing a focus on student performance and data-based decision making. When teacher candidates conduct action research, in-service teachers, administrators, and parents all note the positive role the candidates play in the school setting during their internships.

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