ERIC Number: ED244948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Action Research: Helping Student Teachers Understand and Solve Classroom Problems.
Lind, Karen K.
The progress of a group of student teachers who used action research techniques in their student teaching experience was studied. Action research is designed to yield practical results that are immediately applicable to a specific situation or problem. Action research strategies were used by student teachers to identify and find effective ways of dealing with classroom problems, evaluation of pupil progress, and assessment of their own development as educators. At seminars held every other week for 16 weeks, the student teachers followed the action research sequence: (1) identification of specific problems they met in their classrooms; (2) definition of the problem; (3) formulation of a plan of action to implement change; (4) collection of evidence; and (5) interpretation of evidence to see if the modifications were effective. During the meetings, the student teachers shared concerns and offered suggestions to each other on handling problems. They also worked together as observation teams and evaluated each other as they dealt with common problems. The leader of the seminar aided the students in arriving at a focus for their action research and recorded their progress as they acquired action research techniques. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (64th, New Orleans, LA, January 28-February 1, 1984).