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Susan Gibson
quantitative analysis
Tue Sep 2, 2014 19:56

When I first started to think about what teacher research was, I was on the same page as you Emily. I was thinking that we would have a question and need to collect quantitative data. I feel like data is a huge push in every area of teaching these days. I think we can sometimes over analyze our students using data. Sometimes we should be able to make observations from our classroom in a more natural way in order to decide what is or isn't working when it comes to student learning. So like you Emily, it is very exciting to look at teacher research in this way.

As for your question about collecting some quantitative data, I was somewhat confused by that as well. But I think we are more looking at observations in the classroom and making sure we give an accurate description of what is going on in the classroom so other readers can visual how things ran in the classroom. But I could be totally wrong. It was very wordy!!

  • Teacher Inquiry - foxemilyk, Mon Sep 1 22:14
    I appreciated that the authors of the text provide several different terms that can be interchanged when speaking of teacher research. My favorite was "inquiry" because, to me, this gives a very... more
    • Re: Teacher Inquiry - kimeljk, Fri Sep 5 12:41
      I was also relieved to hear that qualitative research would be the type of research we would be conducting. It seems more realistic to me especially in the classroom, since situations and styles of... more
    • quantitative analysis - Susan Gibson, Tue Sep 2 19:56
      • Quantitative analysis Response - Rachel Yakey, Tue Sep 2 22:09
        I got that same feeling that you did Susan. I even posted on this topic. I think it is looking at our classroom and students as individuals and not as the dependent and independent variables typical... more
      • Data Collection - Ashley Pennell, Tue Sep 2 21:59
        I do not think we are going to be required to collect quantitative data for teacher action research. I believe our focus will be gathering rich, deep data that details the events in our classroom and ... more
        • Question Types - Stacy, Wed Sep 3 18:23
          As I read Emily, Susan, Rachel, and Ashley, I now have a new question. If there won't be quantitative data, what kinds of questions are conducive to this study. I know that the book says open-ended,... more
          • Questions - Laura Hansen, Thu Sep 4 22:36
            Stacy, you were able to put into words so well my own struggles in getting a full picture of teacher research. I felt like I was missing something but couldn't quite figure it out. I also am having... more
          • Re: Question Types - foxemilyk, Wed Sep 3 21:28
            I'm with you, Stacy. The actual questions to ask are something I'm sort of stuck on. Even on making my list of "things I might want to research", I'm having a hard time decided what would work. Maybe ... more
            • In the same boat - Melissa Boyd, Wed Sep 3 22:02
              I am struggling with questions/topics too. I am not sure if my possible topics/questions are more about teaching practices instead of being student focused. I know that these two things are closely... more
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