Invited article: Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research

Invited article: Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research

By Katharina Heissenberger

The concept “Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research” (PPS-PR) is based on the assumption that the professionalization of prospective teachers can be fostered by actively carrying out practitioner-research projects during internships. The research project aimed at examining the concept “PPS-PR.” The research question addressed ….

Graz, AT
LMSVEF Grantee Research Outcome: Do E-Readers increase students’ engagement in reading?

LMSVEF Grantee Research Outcome: Do E-Readers increase students’ engagement in reading?

By Debra Sands

The goal of this action research was to examine whether home access to e-readers would affect readers’ engagement in independent reading and their reading skills. E-readers (loaded with Internet browsers, literacy apps and skill building games) were used for the research. The devices were made available for students for use at home and at school to encourage independent reading. Twenty-four …

La Mesa, CA
Creating a happy and active learning environment

Creating a happy and active learning environment

By Yvonne Samarawickrama

The objective of this practitioner-research was to determine if the new motivational and instructional strategies that I planned to implement would help create a classroom environment in which students feel safe and enjoy learning and collaborating with their peers. I wanted to create a space for all the students to express their feelings and emotions freely and openly so that they would have a relaxed mind for productive classroom activities, and for absorbing …

Colombo, LK
LMSVEF Grantee Research Outcome: Teaching Music in a Full Inclusion Class: Does It Work?

LMSVEF Grantee Research Outcome: Teaching Music in a Full Inclusion Class: Does It Work?

By Carolyn Lindstrom; James Villegas

The goal of this action-research project was to determine whether inclusion by forming partnerships between students with and without disabilities had a positive effect on students’ perception of peers with disabilities. Through surveys and observations of students with and without disabilities, it was determined that students’ perceptions evolved throughout …

La Mesa, CA
LMSVEF Grantee Research Outcome: Comparing the Effects of Two Different Tap Instructional Strategies

LMSVEF Grantee Research Outcome: Comparing the Effects of Two Different Tap Instructional Strategies

By Madeline Spence

The goal of this project was to compare the effectiveness of two tap-dancing strategies with middle-school students: (a) whole group instruction followed by group practices and (b) whole group instruction followed by independent practices. The effectiveness of the tap instructional strategies was observed throughout the tap instruction units by comparing …

La Mesa, CA, US
Factors Influencing Student Retention in Further Education

Factors Influencing Student Retention in Further Education

By Karen Fell

Today’s tertiary education sector is, more than ever, challenged by funding constraints. In further education (FE), sustaining student numbers and retention of students are critical to the survival of institutions and high on the agenda for leaders. This study, conducted in a south Lincolnshire college during the 2015-16 academic year, was devised in recognition of this phenomenon. A case study was conducted involving use of a focus group, …

Stamford, ENG, GB
LMSVEF Grantee Research Proposal: Effects of mindfulness instruction on children’s cognitive and behavioral readiness for learning

LMSVEF Grantee Research Proposal: Effects of mindfulness instruction on children’s cognitive and behavioral readiness for learning

By Kathryn Eaton

Learning and practicing skills such as mindfulness and yoga may provide students with tools they need to self-regulate and manage the increasing demands placed upon them in the classroom. Incorporating mindfulness and yoga would provide the opportunity to reduce problems in school such as inattentiveness or acting out, while fostering skills for positive mental health. ..

Spring Valley, CA
LMSVEF Grantee Research Proposal: Utilizing Media as a Platform for Student Engagement

LMSVEF Grantee Research Proposal: Utilizing Media as a Platform for Student Engagement

By Ann Asaro; Jan Richards

There are various ways to increase student engagement. In this action research I will focus on media to find whether they can play important roles in student engagement through building relationships. Media, such as blogging and applications will be used to engage students in activities that challenge them to question, ponder, and persevere. Using media as a platform, venues and opportunities will be created for students …

La Mesa, CA
What Impact Do Early Language Interventions Have On Children’s Language Development?

What Impact Do Early Language Interventions Have On Children’s Language Development?

By ELLA TUXFORD

The project began with goals which aimed (a) to deepen my understanding of early interventions in children’s language development, (b) to strengthen my practice in designing and implementing classroom interventions, and (c) to analyse the impact that they have. Meeting the first goal provided an in-depth look at the research that surrounds early intervention and …

Nottingham, ENG, GB
Engaging children and parents in Homework

Engaging children and parents in Homework

By Claire Dunn

The goal of this project was to re-write a whole school approach to homework to fully engage children and parents in this aspect of learning. Surveys completed by children and parents as part of this research project indicated dissatisfaction on both parts with the previous approach to homework. In school, we work hard to develop confident, independent learners who are able to reflect on their learning …

Doncaster, ENG, GB
Book Club

Book Club

By Caroline Askew

The goals of this action research were twofold: increase reading and decrease wasted funds on books that children do not want to read. A book club was held in the school library twice a week for six weeks. Student participants received weekly prizes as an incentive to come to meetings, with drawings held regularly for free books, bookmarks, bags, and other prizes related to reading. At the beginning and end of each book club, students answered survey questions about their reading habits, …

Windsor, MO, US