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Opportunities for Research in Instruction. Additional Components Ginger Holmes Rowell, Ph.D. Department of Mathematical Sciences. Additional Components. Using Existing Evaluation Instruments Involving Students in Instructional Research Disseminating Your Results.

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Opportunities for research in instruction

Opportunities for Research in Instruction

Additional Components

Ginger Holmes Rowell, Ph.D.

Department of Mathematical Sciences


Additional components
Additional Components

  • Using Existing Evaluation Instruments

  • Involving Students in Instructional Research

  • Disseminating Your Results


Using existing evaluation instruments
Using Existing Evaluation Instruments

  • Benefits

    • Saves time and trouble

    • Already tested for reliability and validity

    • Appropriate analysis methods for using instrument and scoring results already exist

    • Can make comparisons with national norms or with others who have used the instrument.

  • Disadvantages

    • It may not ask exactly what you would like


Example of existing instruments
Example of Existing Instruments

  • The Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS), Candace Schau ([email protected])

    • 28 questions, takes 10 minutes, free, validated

    • Assesses 4 components of student attitudes (Affect, Cognitive Competence, Value, Difficulty)

    • Includes demographic questions (academic background, self-confidence, expected grade)

    • Pre- and post-course versions available

    • Provides instructions for scoring

    • The author requests you share your data with her.

      http://www.unm.edu/%7ecschau/infopage.htm


Plenty of other examples exist
Plenty of Other Examples Exist

  • Source for Classroom Assessment Tools

    • http://www.flaguide.org/index.php




Another source
Another Source

  • Online Evaluation Resource Library (OERL)

    • http://oerl.sri.com/



Backup slides3

Glossary

Backup Slides


Other sources
Other Sources

  • ERIC/AE Test Locator

    • The major printed indexes that identify and review educational and psychological measurement instruments

  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation

  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)

  • Washington State University Assessment & Evaluation Center


Additional components1
Additional Components

  • Using Existing Evaluation Instruments

  • Involving Students in Instructional Research

  • Disseminating Your Results


Involving students in instructional research
Involving Students in Instructional Research

  • A Win-Win Situation

    • Students learning about research

    • Faculty gaining insight from students

  • Examples

    • Internet Applet Assessment

      • 2 students: 1 Rubric, 1 website, led to Co-PI on a NSF Digital Library for Statistics Education (CAUSEweb)

    • Biostatistics Laboratories

      • 2-semester Class Project (78 students), 1 student assistant, 1 paper so far


Involving students in instructional research1
Involving Students in Instructional Research

  • Help students understand the research/creative process (perhaps different in different disciplines)

    • Start with a (SMALL) research question related to the Instructional Research that you are doing

    • Conduct a literature review

    • Carefully formulate hypothesis

    • Decide how to assess hypothesis

    • Collect data & analyze data

    • Report the conclusions

    • Decide what should be done next


Additional components2
Additional Components

  • Using Existing Evaluation Instruments

  • Involving Students in Instructional Research

  • Disseminating Your Results


Disseminating your results
Disseminating Your Results

  • Three Dissemination Components

    • Materials Developed

    • Research on Effectiveness of Materials Developed

    • Student Research (if included in your project)


Disseminating your results1
Disseminating Your Results

  • DisseminateMaterials Developed

    • Traditional:

      • Textbooks, Workbooks, Software, Prints, CDs, …

    • Maybe less traditional: For smaller items (individual modules)

      • Peer-reviewed Journals (education and discipline/education) – See next slide

      • Peer-reviewed Digital Libraries

        • MERLOT (www.merlot.ort)

        • NSDL (www.nsdl.org)

        • Eisenhower National Clearinghouse(http://www.goenc.com/)


Disseminating your results2
Disseminating Your Results

  • Research on Effectiveness of Materials Developed

    • Presentation at national conferences

    • Peer-reviewed Journals

      • Some Options:

        • See handout list

        • For more details see website:

          http://www.mtsu.edu/~rowell/publish_teaching/index.htm

  • Student Research Journals

    • On Campus: Scientia (www.mtsu.edu/~scientia)


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