Action Research: A Protocol to Improve Student Learning

Linda S. Adamson


This article walks the reader through the who?, what?, why?, how?, how well?, and what next? of action research. Most intriguingly Dr. Adamson shares the results of her own 2008 study of a protocol for action research which has resulted in the initial validation of a rubric to score action research projects. The study found a positive correlation between higher rubric scores overall with improved student achievement. Readers will gain insight into which components of the model predicted positive change in student achievement. Additionally, quality and constant reflection are emphasized providing guidelines for experimenting with this powerful tool for educators and practicioners of all disciplines.

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