Action Research
October 20; 1-4; Ardmore 1
Kathy Parker, School Library Media Consultant, NCDPI, DTL
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Session Description
Act Now: How can we boost data driven decision making and evidence-based practice in our library media programs? Put research into action! This session will discuss action research, how it connects to a school library media coordinator's professional standards, and how it can be implemented in practice to strengthen our school library media programs. This session will be interactive so bring a fully charged computing device.

Participants will...

  • Review action research's connection to our professional standards
  • Examine school library related action research projects to inform our practice
  • Brainstorm action research areas of focus

Establishing a Foundation: How is action research relevant to our work as school library media coordinators? (10 mins.)

Six Step Pair Share: Take 6 steps and find a partner. Discuss your answers to the questions on your slips of paper.

Activity: Partners-Examine examples of action research (45 mins.)
Examine an action research project linked below
Input your thoughts in this Google doc

Reflection Questions:
Does the project have a clear area of focus? If so, what is it? For this action research project, what kind of data was collected and from what sources? How was this data interpreted? Did this project impact student achievement? If so, how? How can the findings inform future decisions about this library/program? What are your overall thoughts about this project?

Break: Recharge (10 mins.)

Action Research Process (15 mins.): Review possible steps in the process and then post to the padlet.

Action Research Process For Teacher Librarians Made Simple (requires NCWiseowl login)

GTN Slides

Get in the Action: Candid Librarian Blog

IMPACT (pg. 174)

What is Action Research-ASCD

Activity: Brainstorm action research area of focus (60 mins.)
Locate your area of focus sheet
Complete the first page individually
Partner with a colleague and together go through the Questions For Reflection and input your responses.
Share out

Feedback: Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

Resources for Another Day

Get in the Action (LMTT webcast)
NCSLMA Action Research Grant