Participatory Action Research
A collaborative process to reveal the strengths and challenges of any aspect of teaching or learning
Following the protocol advanced by Participatory Action Research for Educational Leadership (James, E. A., Milenkiewicz, M.T., & Buckham, A., 2008), we can either lead a group at your site or coach you in your leadership of action research in any area related to the education of language learners.
Discover — solicit the needs of the client, research the applicable legal parameters, and pull relevant research documenting “best practice” in the client’s situation.
Design — craft a tentative framework, in concert with the client, for evidence/data collection and educator participation in the process, from research design to interpretation to action planning to measuring success to reflection.
Build — implement the PAR iterative cycle with the client’s team to increase competencies, shift context, improve conditions, and realign the school/district culture, and to resolve technical problems and adaptive challenges.
Deliver — write a report that addresses the school or district team’s findings and recommendations for change that is suitable for dissemination and presentation to stakeholders and decision makers.
Reflect — coach the client as to various ways to prioritize and implement recommendations with acknowledgement of bridges and barriers to change.