Collecting Baseline Data

Collecting Baseline Data

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You've got your question; now what? If you use the image as your roadmap, you can see you are still in the upper right hand quadrant.

You will want to explore what you hope will be the outcome of your research.  What do you hope will happen? Your answers become your objectives.

Have you got that? If you have, then you want to think on how you'll be able to identify if there has been a change you want to see.  How do you do that?  Collect baseline data for what is occurring now. (You'll collection the same data at the end to see if there was a change because of the action you took.)

Possible ways to collect data

  • survey
  • a focus group
  • collecting artifacts
  • interviews
  • direct observations
  • video or audio recordings
  • For example: If you are wanting to explore how blogging can improve student writing, you might want to collect samples of student writing before they started blogging.
  • Another example: If you wanted to explore how feedback influences student engagement, you might want to interview or survey students before your changed your feedback to them.

Please do share your intended outcome (objectives) and how you are going to collect your data here in this discussion or in a transparent place (see below). Question on a tool to use to do that?  Ask here!

Once you've collected your baseline data, you'll be on the road again to the next step planning your action/intervention.

 Are you being transparent and sharing as you go through your action research process? Have you created a blog or wiki or Google Site to chronicle your journey? It doesn't have to be elaborate. Yet sharing is our work and when we share with others everyone learns more and can take that back to their classroom.

Here are some examples from past years:

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