A Short Guide to Action Research 4 th Edition. Andrew P. Johnson, Ph.D. Minnesota State University, Mankato. Chapter 3: Using Action Research for Solving Problems. Finding the Problem 1. Problems must first be identified
Andrew P. Johnson, Ph.D.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
1. Problems must first be identified
2. Define the problem – seek to understand the nature of the situation and understand causal factors
3. A problem is a difference between present state and desired state
Restate the problem:
1. Two simple problem-solving strategies:
a. creative problem solving
b. means-end analysis
1. Define the problem.
2. Generate as many solutions as possible.
3. Choose a solution that seems the best.
4. Elaborate and refine.
5. Implement the solution.
6. Review, evaluate, and refine as necessary.
Thinking Frame for MEA
1. Describe the desired outcome.
2. Define the goals necessary to reach the end state.
3. Describe the current state.
4. Analyze the means necessary to get the desired outcome.
5. Construct and implement a plan.
6. Review, evaluate, and refine the plan.
2. Embed problem-solving into the curriculum -- problem-based learning
3. Teach students how to use CPS and MEA
4. To improve students’ problem-solving ability: (a) teach problem solving strategies and (b) provide practice solving problems.
5. The last part of problem solving - test the solution