The Final Project for this course is an Action Research Proposal, which will be created and shared in the form of a formal presentation.

| March 14, 2016

The Final Project for this course is an Action Research Proposal, which will be created and shared in the form of a formal presentation. The purpose of the final project is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by demonstrating the ability to effectively present an Action Research Proposal using established criteria. You should use your current, updated action research plan outline submitted to your e-portfolio during Week Four. You may want to use your mock presentation from Week Five as well as the feedback acquired from your classmates in the discussion forum to build an improved, more complete presentation for a wider, more “important” audience.

Scenario: Imagine that you are presenting this information to your fellow teachers in your school during a staff development day, to your school board to solicit support for their ideas, or to your managers as part of your organization’s continuous improvement program. Your goals are to a) gain approval to conduct this study and b) implement your proposed innovation or intervention in your place of work.

Consider what you’ve learned regarding what makes professional presentations effective. In this case, your boss/ principal, and school board/board of directors are allowing you 10 minutes to present your proposal.

Since you are submitting presentation slides for this assignment, you will need to create between 10 to 15 slides, not including the title and reference slides. Think again about effective components of professional presentations. You will be required to include most of your thought process by means of Speaker’s notes – notated in the note’s section of your presentation. Keep in mind when selecting the presentation program/software you wish to use, that the notes page is available as a great deal of what is graded will be included there.

Your Action Research Proposal should be represented on the presentation slides and explained in your notes on the slides, including the following components:

Area of focus

Explanation of problem

Variables

Defined factors

Contexts, including recognition of diverse learners

Variables of the proposed study

Research questions

Questions are answerable given the researcher’s expertise, time, and resources

Locus of control

The area of focus is within the researcher’s locus of control

Intervention/Innovation

Succinct statement of proposed action to address identified issue/area of focus

Group membership

Identified with importance, role, and responsibilities of each

Negotiations

Potential obstacles negotiated (permission established, etc.)

Ethics

The researcher addresses potential ethical challenges

Timeline

Anticipated schedule for each phase of intervention

Statement of resources

List of what is needed to enact the proposed plan

Data collection

Proposed data collection techniques are justified. The researcher proposes appropriate data collection techniques (qualitative and quantitative) to answer the study’s research questions (chart from week 3 may be used).

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