Classroom Action Research

Classroom Action Research (CAR) 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 (2015). It is less formal than traditional educational research but more systematic and data-based than teacher reflection.

CLT staff members support faculty throughout the process by working with them on the refining research question(s) and 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.

  1. Define problem
  2. Literature review
  3. Research strategy
  4. Data collection
  5. Data analysis/interpretation and reporting on results
  6. Taking action (in the classroom based on findings)  
  7. Disseminating CAR findings