Tutorial 1: About Action Research
Throughout the process of action research, you will want to keep an action research journal. Journalling is very important as it tracks your thinking as it changes over time. Your journal is one of the forms of data that will help you understand the process of change and your role in it.
Over the year, you will be refining your personal theory of learning and teaching. Your action research journal is a good place to reflect on this process and collect the things that you learn and will want to use in your action research e-portfolio or report. It is your place to reflect on the building of your ideas. The more regularly you write in your journal, the more written work you will have to pull from when you are ready to write a reflection. Choose a day and time and plan to write something each week. You can keep your journal blog private or share it with the people in your action research learning circle. Since you may be writing notes about others in your workplace, it is a good idea to keep it in a place where you can determine who has access. However, it is also helpful to use blog technology because it keeps track of dates and makes it
easy to track ideas over time.
Tutorial 1 - Activities
A. Creating your action research journal (Blog)
Technology for setting up blogs...
Web Journals (blogs)
Jot (for short verbal reflections using your cell phone and have it transfer it to text) Jott
Google Sites sites.google.com has "announcement" templates for wiki pages that work well for blogs and
you can control access to the site
Once you get your blog set up, you can start thinking about what you might do for your action research project. I will include topics for reflection with each tutorial.
To begin you might want to respond to these questions a
What practices do I want to develop or improve?
What do I want to know more about?
Whom do I want to be in five years?
B. Dialogue with other Action Researchers
You will be more successful if you are doing action research in a group.
See online learning circles for a model on how to arrange this. There is a
special section on the site that deal with action research learning circles.
If you are working alone, you might want to use the forum link on this
site to share your ideas and hopefully enlist others in the issues that you
are passionate about.