Foundations of Action Research

Explore an area of interest and devleop methodology within the scope of an action research project that will improve professional practice.

3 Credits|8 Weeks|$1425

The rapidly changing field of art education needs professionals at the forefront of knowledge and methodology. Applying action research in your art classroom will allow you to explore ideas and conduct your own action research.

In this course, you will review existing literature to formulate a theory and conduct your own research inquiry. Design a methodology to assess your action research questions and develop data collection processes and tools to record results. Present your action research proposal to your course instructor, and imagine your work’s impact on the future of art education!

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Mertler, Craig A. (2020) Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators, Sixth Edition. Sage Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5443-2439-5

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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