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Horn-Olivito, Heidi; Martinovic, Dragana; Winney, Kelly – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2023
In this paper, we document elementary school teachers' attitudinal and pedagogical changes during the rapid move from brick-and-mortar to virtual schooling initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We administered four online surveys (in September and October 2020, and in March and June 2021) to determine teachers' perceived challenges and successes in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, School Closing
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Burke, Joan; Chaseling, Marilyn – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2022
This paper reports on a four-year study where campus leaders used collaborative inquiry twinned with generative dialogue to facilitate teacher growth in order to improve the teaching and learning of reading in a school where reading results were already strong. The paper contributes to the school improvement literature by capturing the two main…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Reading Teachers
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Robinson, Evan Throop – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2018
To develop the mathematical discourse of an elementary classroom, I designed an action research project around an intervention of Open Space Technology (OST). Guided by the theoretical perspective of complexity thinking, OST principles created a 'space' or a new structure for learning, where participants self-organized according to interests and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Intervention, Teacher Researchers
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San Antonio, Donna M. – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2018
Research has shown that social and emotional learning (SEL) can benefit students in affective, interpersonal, communicative, and academic realms. However, teachers integrating SEL face a variety of logistical, pedagogical, and skill development challenges, including how to effectively facilitate classroom conversations on social justice and…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Skill Development, College School Cooperation
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Briscoe, Patricia – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2017
This action research reports on a three-year collaborative learning process among three teachers. We used current literature and a critical reflection framework to understand why our teaching approaches were not resulting in increased student learning. This allowed us to examine our previously unrecognized and uninterrupted--and often,…
Descriptors: Reflection, Action Research, Inquiry, Models
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Ping, Wang – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2015
A common problem for Chinese teacher trainers is coping with a passive class with silent trainee learners, when trainees tend to be unresponsive and avoid interactions with the trainer. This is especially true when a trainer seeks interactions in the process of training, such as asking questions to the class as a whole or expecting at least one…
Descriptors: Action Research, Trainees, Student Participation, Learner Engagement
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Wickremesooriya, Shalini Felicity – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2015
The study reported in this article is based on the premise that listening to the voices of students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and reflecting and acting on student views is essential within inclusive education. Six primary grade students and six teachers participated in this action research project. Data was gathered…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Student Participation, Student Rights, Speech Impairments
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Otienoh, Ruth – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2015
This paper is a narrative of my personal experiences of conducting action research in Kenyan primary schools. It highlights the opportunities, successes, challenges and dilemmas I encountered during the process: from the school hunting period, to the carrying out of the actual research in two schools, with four teachers. This study reveals that…
Descriptors: Action Research, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Costello, David – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2014
When I was asked to teach the entire literacy curriculum to my grade six students in only five months, I implemented reading conferences as an instructional practice to deepen students' reading comprehension. Classroom events related to reading conferences, student decision-making, and instructional planning were recorded in a journal. This…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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McNamara, Lauren – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2013
This article describes the first two years of an ongoing, collaborative action research project focused on the troubled recess environment in 4 elementary schools in southern Ontario. The project involves an iterative, dynamic process of inquiry, planning, action, and reflection among students, teachers, university researchers, university student…
Descriptors: Context Effect, Recess Breaks, Action Research, Elementary School Students
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Cobb, Cam – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2012
In this paper, the author reflects on a personal experience he had while attempting to establish a Ramadan Music Accommodation to support four Muslim students who hoped to be exempted from their music lessons during the month preceding Eid-al-Fitr. While this paper outlines a context--and degree--of cultural responsiveness, it also details some of…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Muslims, Cultural Awareness
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Di Teodoro, Susan; Donders, Sharon; Kemp-Davidson, Joy; Robertson, Peggy; Schuyler, Lori – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2011
This action research report follows the journey of four elementary school teachers as they learn to define and ask "deeper" or meaningful mathematical questions in their teachings. It chronicles the way that teaching through problem solving and developing criteria for questioning increased the percentage of "deeper" questions…
Descriptors: Action Research, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Windle, Sheila; Sefton, Terry – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2011
This paper and its appended multi-media production describe the rationale and process of creating and presenting a "digitally saturated" (Lankshear & Knobel, 2003), multi-layered, synchronous "montage" (Denzin & Lincoln, 2003) of educational Action Research findings. The authors contend that this type of presentation, arising from the fusion of…
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Research, Teacher Collaboration, Art
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Bruce, Catherine D.; Jarvis, Daniel H.; Flynn, Tara; Brock, Erin – Canadian Journal of Action Research, 2011
In 2008-09, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) sponsored a professional learning initiative entitled, Teachers Learning Together: The Math Journey. The context for teachers was one of team-based, collaborative action research (CAR) dealing with a mathematics topic of their own choosing. University researcher teams in provincial…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cooperation, Action Research, Elementary School Teachers