Using support from your readings this week, in two to three paragraphs reflect on the goals, values, and rationale of applied research within the education profession.
1. Choosing & Using Sources: A guide to academic research. (n.d.). Teaching & Learning, University Libraries. https://ohiostate.pressbooks.pub/choosingsources/
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o Chapter 1 – Research Questions
o We will be using this book throughout the first half of the course, so it is highly recommended that you download a copy for quick reference. You can download the book from the Textbook page located on the course homepage. This book covers the basics of research.
2. Baron, M. A. (2008). Guidelines for writing research proposals and dissertations. http://www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/pdfs/residency/su09/dissertation_guidelines.pdf
o The above resource provides an overall review of the research proposal process. However, please note that you will not be going into the depth of the dissertation process, this is only meant as a review of pieces of requirements that we will be discussing in this course.
4. Hine, G. (2013) The importance of action research in teacher education programs. http://clt.curtin.edu.au/events/conferences/tlf/tlf2013/refereed/hine.html
o This is an excellent overview of the action (applied) research practice in teacher education programs.
5. Painter, D. (1999) Teacher research could change your practice. NEA. http://web.archive.org/web/20200217170158/http:/www.nea.org/tools/17289.htm
o In this article, Painter discusses why it is important to conduct research as an educator.
6. Current trends in education. (2012). technology. http://www.teach-nology.com/currenttrends/
o The above article will help you explore possible topics for your applied research proposal. It also discusses current trends in education around the globe from technology to students teaching teachers.
7. Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab. (n.d.). Where to begin. Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab. https://my.uopeople.edu/mod/book/edit.php?cmid=243949&id=276568
o Review this information to help narrow a research topic and develop research questions.
In at least three pages, use the headings and the instructions provided in the Applied Research Template to address the following:
• Purpose of the Study: The section should include an explanation as to why this topic is specifically important to you, your position, or your organization. Include how this topic choice is interesting and relevant to the education field.
• Context: Explain what the reader must know about the organization/school setting to enrich their understanding of the intervention/innovation
• Statement of the Problem: The problem statement is one of the most important aspects of the applied research study, as it serves as the framework for the entire study. The problem statement should be clear and easy to understand for a wide range of stakeholders
• Rationale: In this section, you will need to provide a solid rationale and explanation of the problem and explain the significance of the problem. How does it impact students, the school, and is it a larger scale issue for students?
• Prior Interventions (if applicable): Explain what you have tried or what others have tried in relation to the problem and what has worked or not worked. If this is a new problem like something that has occurred due to changes required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, then there may not be prior interventions. In that case, leave this section out.
• Research Questions: Applied research requires at least two research questions, though you can have more. The questions should be observable and measurable. See the research template for examples.
• Significance of the Study: Explain why you think your study is important to complete and who will benefit as a result of your research. In other words, justify why you chose to do this study. Ensure your explanation draws on the literature you are using to support this choice of intervention.
1. Guerrero, Y.Y.G. (2012). Exploring the effect of exposure to LD through activities inside the classroom. The University of Pamplona, School of Education. [PowerPoint slides]. SlideShare. https://www.slideshare.net/yeisonguerra/applied-research-proposal-2012
o This is an example of an applied research project done in a foreign language classroom.