This course will examine the role of action research in improving the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction focusing on alternative learners. Candidates use action research in the classroom to address questions related to the improvement of their practice. Candidates develop skills in creating research questions, using a variety of information sources, exploring quantitative and qualitative methods of data gathering, and applying basic statistical techniques useful for evaluating classroom practices. Candidates develop a research methodology, conduct an action research project focusing on alternative learners or issues, and report their findings. Candidates will complete components of this course across two semesters.

3.0Credits