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Improving Computing Classroom Practice Through Action Research

Learn how to run your own action research project to improve the computing pedagogy and practices in your classroom.

Improving Computing Classroom Practice Through Action Research
The CPD Certification Service

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. Find out more.

Apply action research to your teaching and become a more reflective practitioner

Through this course, you will become familiar with the process of classroom action research, and plan your own classroom-based investigation.

You will learn about how this cyclic process can help develop lasting improvement in your practice. Together with other participants, you will reflect on challenges that you face in your learning environment, and use computing education research to explore possible solutions.

At the end of this course, you will be ready to run your project in school. You will also be invited to join a follow-up course to learn about analysing and sharing your findings.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Understanding Action Research

    • Why action research?

      Explore the role of classroom-based action research as a form of continuing professional development (CPD), and hear from an educator about how they apply research in their teaching.

    • Understanding research methods

      Investigate some of the ideas that underpin research, explore positivist and interpretivist approaches, and consider the importance of ethics within research.

    • Choosing a focus for research

      Reviewing existing research will inform you about what is known, and what you can apply and test. Learn about different sources of research evidence before creating a theory of action.

  • Week 2

    Preparing for research

    • Developing your research question

      Use your theory of action to identify significant areas that you could investigate in the classroom.

    • Action and measurement planning

      Develop your research question into a plan, including what you will change, for whom, and when it will happen. Specify some outcomes to help you to judge the impact of your change, and to answer your research question.

    • Planning activity and outcomes

      You'll need to identify the data to collect, and work out how you will collect it. Will you assess your learners, interview them, or observe their behaviour?

    • Complete your research plan

      Compile your research plan and submit it for review and feedback. You'll then be ready to carry out your first classroom-based action research project!

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on teaching and learning in your classroom, highlighting any challenges
  • Develop evidence-based solutions to address challenges in the classroom
  • Assess and evaluate different sources of research and evidence in order to select the most useful
  • Develop a theory of action to communicate the challenges you face and the actions you have selected for dealing with those challenges
  • Collaborate with fellow participants, sharing research ideas and discussing your project with learners with similar goals

Who is the course for?

This course is for any educator interested in developing their computing practice and pedagogy. Regardless of which subjects you teach, computing tools as well as concepts and content will have a bearing on your teaching in a modern classroom.

Whatever your teaching background this course will give you the skills to run your own action research project.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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