Upton Academy Workshop

Western Michigan Universityıs Southwest Campus


SCI 570 Life Science for Elementary Educators (3 credits)



Class Meets:

Dr. David W. Rudge

June 27-July 11, 2005

Department of Biological Sciences, WMU

8:30-3:00 pm

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5410

Rm. 1303


FAX: (269) 387-5609





  Working in pairs, your assignment is to conduct research to assess whether the lesson plan you developed for this course does indeed address the misconception you have identified as one of the barriers to your studentsı learning. A written research report along with a brief presentation is due on our second extra meeting.


Action Research Reports should have the following eight sections: I. Abstract; II. Introduction; III. Intervention; IV. Methodology; V. Results; VI. Discussion; VII. Conclusions; VIII. References. The report will be evaluated as follows:


I. Abstract: A five-six sentence summary of the research project that identifies the question of the study, describes how evidence was collected, and your major conclusions.

Grading Criteria: Does the summary provide an overview of the research as a whole? Does it identify the major conclusions drawn? (Points Possible: 20 pts.)


II. Introduction; What is the context of this research? What specific research question is being addressed?

Grading Criteria: Have the authors done any outside research using science education literature to provide a context within which to discuss the findings of this project? Have the authors briefly described the classroom within which the research took place? Have the authors identified the research question? Does the research question identify a specific misconception that is the object of research? (Points Possible: 50 pts.)


III. Intervention: What precisely is the instructor doing to address the misconception?

Grading Criteria: Do the authors briefly summarize the lesson plan they developed to address the misconception? Have they explicitly clarified to the reader why the lesson plan might indeed help students learn the goal conception? (Points Possible: 20 pts.)





IV. Methodology: What methods of data collection were employed to address the research question? How will the data be analyzed?

Grading Criteria: Is the proposed method of data collection appropriate for the research question? Do the authors provide a suitable method for the collection of both pre- and post- intervention data? (Points Possible: 40 pts.)


V. Results: What were the results (pre and post)? What does a comparison of the results pre and post reveal?

Grading Criteria: Do the authors include a summary of the raw data collected? Does it include a comparison of the pre- and post-results? (Points Possible: 30 pts.)


VI. Discussion: How do the authors interpret the results? What are possible sources of error?

Grading Criteria: What themes emerge from the data? Have the authors identified possible interpretive problems? (Points Possible: 30 pts.)


VII.Conclusions; What are the implications of this study for your teaching? for future research on this question?

Grading Criteria: Have the authors discussed what conclusions they draw from their research with reference to how the course should be taught in the future? Have the authors identified what, if anything, they would do differently if they were to pursue the research question further? (Points Possible: 25 pts.)


VIII. A References section should include complete references for all sources you use. (5 pts.)


IX. Other. Are there spelling, grammar, and/or formatting errors? (5 pts.)


X. Presentation. How did the partners on this project present their action research for the benefit of their classmates?

Grading Criteria: Did the presenters provide a brief summary without reading their report? How did they respond to questions from their classmates? Did they make effective use of audiovisual aids? (25 pts.)