EC01: An Introduction to Critical Theory and Action Research for Physics Educators
SUNY-Buffalo State College
271 Science Bldg BSC
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo NY 14222
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Think-Pair-Share: 1 min to jot down note, 3 min to share with neighbor, 4min to sample the audience
Very briefly describe ONE finding from educational research that you have put to use in your own teaching.
What was the idea, and how did you find out about it?
How do you know it is successful?
Problems with traditional education research. Comments.
- discussion of Treisman studies
- what is research?:
Intro to Critical Theory (Habermas) philosophy
Intro to Action Research designs
One AR study: strengths and weaknesses
1. D.L. MacIsaac, "Curricular reformation in undergraduate physics laboratories via action research," National Association for Research in Science Teaching 1995 Conference in San Francisco, CA. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service #ED 390 674. See <http://ericir.syr.edu/Eric/adv_search.shtml>)
2. K. Lowery and D.L. MacIsaac, "An introduction to critical theory and action research," National Association for Research in Science Teaching 1995 Conference in San Francisco, CA. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service #ED 390 672.)
3. G.M. Bodner and D.L. MacIsaac, "A critical examination of relevance in science education research," National Association for Research in Science Teaching 1995 Conference in San Francisco, CA. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service #ED 390 673.)
4. Bodner, G., MacIsaac, D. & White, S. (1999). Action research: Overcoming the sports mentality approach to assessment / evaluation. University Chemistry Education, 3(1), 31-36. <http://PhysicsEd.BuffaloState.Edu/pubs/UCE_Sep99_3(1)p31_AR.pdf>
5. Online bib for AR/CT readings. <http://PhysicsEd.BuffaloState.Edu/pubs/AAPTAug02/EC01ActionRsch/ARCTfromHaydn/dissbib.html>