ERIC Number: ED444953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Posing Questions...Solving Problems: Action Research for Preservice Teachers.
Beisser, Sally R.
Action research affords preservice teachers both opportunity and perspective to investigate practical needs and critical issues in classroom practice. A one-semester Educational Inquiry course enabled students to pose important questions as part of a required 2-hour experimental research course in a field-based teacher education program. This paper describes a course of study for undergraduate students to gain introductory knowledge of action research skills through understanding research terminology, qualitative and quantitative methodology, data collection techniques, and research resources to more closely link research and practice as they examined the nature of teaching. As part of the Educational Inquiry course, preservice students framed a research question, conducted a literature search, and organized and implemented a field-based action research study in order to synthesize coursework, field experiences, and related research. Perspectives in this paper reflect the voice of the university instructor and members of the class of 22 participating elementary and secondary education students enrolled in the course. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).