Classroom Action Research
What is Classroom Action Research (CAR)?
Classroom Action Research is a reflective process in which instructors gather empirical data, to improve their teaching practices. “It is the integration of teaching and scholarship where instructors use data readily available from their classes to answer practical questions about teaching and learning in their classrooms,” explains Gwynn Mettetal. It is less formal than traditional educational research but more systematic and data-based than teacher reflection.
How can CLT help at each step?
CLT staff members support faculty throughout the process by working with them on refining research question(s), collecting and analyzing data. CLT could also help instructors disseminate their findings with the AUC and the international community, via workshops, symposia, conference presentations or publications.
What are the steps involved? How can CLT help at each step?
- Define problem
- Literature review
- Research strategy
- Data collection
- Data analysis/interpretation and reporting on results
- Taking action (in the classroom based on findings)
- Disseminating CAR findings
Examples of Past CARs
- Iman Soliman, Arabic Language Instruction “An exploratory study of Arabic language teachers’ beliefs towards the integration of teaching dialect with teaching Modern Standard Arabic” (2014)
- Nermeen Shehata, accounting department “Exploring the Use of Nearpod in Undergraduate Financial Accounting Classes” (2016)
- Hala Abdelwahab, “Classroom Action Research (CAR): Using Student Response System for Self and Peer Assessment in an Arabic Context” (2017)
- Susanne Rizzo, "Investigating the Potential and Effectiveness of a Blended Format for the Academic Reading Module Course Redesign" (2018)