Recipe for a theoretical framework

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Presenting interview data in results

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Explanatory Classroom Research Paper

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Classroom Research Final Paper Outline with Section Descriptions and APA reminders

Classroom Research Paper

Classroom Research in 10 Easy Steps

1. Ask yourself, ” What problem would I like to solve or how would I like to improve my practice?”

2. Review the peer reviewed literature (aka education journals) and read about what others have learned about your problem or question. (Resource: How to read a research study article)

3. Create an annotated bibliography of what your have read. (Resource: 10 steps to an annotated bibliography)

4. Write a thematic literature review (Resource: Writing a thematic literature review)

5. Write your introduction and research question (Resources: From theoretical framework or perspective to research question and Writing good research questions)

6. Design and write your data collection process (Resource: Classroom research design template)

7. Write a research proposal (Resource: Sample classroom research proposal).

The proposal includes in this order:

A title

An introduction that gives the reason, justification, and context for your research

A thematic literature review

Your research question

Your proposed data collection methodology

8. Collect data (Resources: Document analysis, Interviews, Making observations, Sample document analysis protocol, Sample interview protocol (s), Sample observation protocol)

9. Analyze your data (Resource: Analyzing data)

10. Write the data analysis, conclusions and ‘next steps’ and add them to your proposal as a final classroom research project. (Resource: Sample Classroom Research papers)

The final paper includes, in this order:

A title

An introduction that gives the reason, justification, and context for your research

A thematic literature review

Your research question

Your data collection methodology

Your data

Your analysis of the data

Your interpretation of the data

A discussion of what you will do with the data to solve your problem or improve your practice and an explanation of how, with whom, and why you will share what you learned.

*Everything is in correct APA style and formatting


How to write a thematic literature review from an annotated bibliography

What is a Thematic Literature Review

How to collect data WHILE you teach

Often data collection  is a daily frequency count of a specified observable and measurable   event.  This event may be academic, social-emotional or behavioral.

In order to be able to gauge whether a student has made progress once he or she has received support, the Data Manager needs to know the frequency of the behavior before an intervention is implemented.   Although the School Psychologist typically observes the student in various classroom environments to access the situation and develop hypotheses, collaboration with the teacher(s) is an essential component in reviewing a student’s work-portfolio and tallying the daily frequency of the targeted behavior(s). A 10-day frequency count prior to beginning an intervention provides baseline  to track the student’s progress and determine the effectiveness of the intervention.  Thus basing decisions on measurable  data.  Typically the data is reviewed every 6 weeks to ascertain if goals have been made, if changes are needed and/or if the student is resistant to intervention.


Teachers often find the following methods doable in the classroom 

bullet making tally marks on an index card that is sectioned for each day of the week.  This can be kept on the teacher’s desk, in a pocket or nearby location  
bullet Placing or transferring pennies in pockets or container each time behavior occurs, then counting and recording totals at the end of the day 
bullet placing a strip of masking tape on self or elsewhere each time event occurs
bullet placing rubber bands on wrists for each occurrence
bullet Using a pen to write tally marks on hand
bullet Line up items to represent frequency tallies