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
Grantee Research Outcome: High School to Community College – Preparing For Transition

Grantee Research Outcome: High School to Community College – Preparing For Transition

By Daniela Azuela; Becky May; Rina Ortega

The main goal of the project was to provide high school seniors with the knowledge and preparation necessary to thrive in their educational experience once they move on to Community College. A collaborative action research team developed a program to reach the project goal. Students participated in guidance lessons, an online application process and group discussions. By the end of the program, seniors …

Fremont, CA, US
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
In the Zone: Emotion Regulation in the Classroom

In the Zone: Emotion Regulation in the Classroom

By Rachel Scherz

Considering the significant relationship between feelings and learning, practitioners and researchers agree that support for emotion regulation occupies a valuable place in the classroom. In an attempt to support students and teachers at an elementary school, an action research …

Encinitas, CA, US
Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Using Strong Start

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Using Strong Start

By Louise Lindgren

Social-emotional learning has a positive impact on school climate and promotes academic, social, and emotional benefits for students (McKevitt, 2012). The purpose of this action research was to find whether instruction in social and emotional skills will help young students develop their social and emotional functioning in the classroom. This action research provides evidence regarding a classroom-based …

Castro Valley, CA, US
Increasing Attendance One Student at a Time

Increasing Attendance One Student at a Time

By Allyson Wilkins; Tonya Edrington

In implementing four lunchtime lessons on various Attendance related topics such as attendance review, ways to stay healthy, and ways to ensure daily attendance, I was able provide the fourth-grade students with information about the importance of attending school each day as well as some helpful ways that they can enable themselves to plan strategies to pursue school attendance. After these activities with a particular class, attendance in …

Poway, CA, US
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
Promoting Leadership Skills Through Social-Emotional Learning

Promoting Leadership Skills Through Social-Emotional Learning

By Brittney Da Rosa

This action research project explored the impact of a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, Strong Kids, on promoting positive prosocial behaviors within a group of male students in a sixth grade Mild Moderate Special Day Class Day Class. The goal of the project was to assist students …

Livermore, CA, US
Guiding High School students in the College Process: Action Research

Guiding High School students in the College Process: Action Research

By Navjot Singh

The goal of this research was to see whether thirteen guidance lessons on college readiness help prepare high school juniors. Since all of these juniors were first generation college bound students, it was important to help them become aware of post-secondary options and prepare …

Hayward, CA, US
Supporting the needs of Korean international students

Supporting the needs of Korean international students

By So Jung Kim

There is minimal research on group interventions with Korean international students. It is hoped that this project will provide other practitioners with some knowledge of what to expect when working with the Korean international student population. Research outcomes include …

San Diego, CA, US