National University




MAT640C Action Res for the Read Spec

Lead Faculty: Dr. Marilyn E. Moore

Course Description

Fifth course of the Reading Specialization course sequence. Serves as an introductory educational research course designed to provide knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for candidates to understand, interpret, and evaluate research completed in MAT 647B. Candidates prepare an Action Research Report and utilize library and computer skills to locate research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use library resources, including electronic databases, to establish a historical overview of a topic that includes major research, relevant research trends, appropriate statistics, and model literacy programs.
  • Critically evaluate a published action research study.
  • Utilize correct form and style according to the American psychological association manual with all written papers.
  • Explain the difference between qualitative, quantitative and action research and when each type is appropriate.
  • Describe the various types of formal and informal literacy assessments used to collect data and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of qualitative data collection techniques, factors influencing validity and reliability, and processes for analysis and interpretation.
  • Describe common problems made when conducting educational research and how they an be avoided.
  • Evaluate if there is evidence-based support for a particular teaching or intervention strategy.
  • Produce a thoroughly written report of the action research project.
  • Create and conduct an effective presentation of the completed action research project.