Outline of Action Research Report Title Page Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Review of Literature/Related Research Chapter 3: Research Design/Methodology Chapter 4: Implications for Teaching/Supervision and Research References: The chapters of your research project are defined below: Chapter 1: Introduction (1.A.) Background: Provide relevant background information Background: Describe where the study was conducted Demographics: Size of the school, location, population, etc. Performance levels and other relevant instructional information A description of who you are Any other information that sets the stage for your study (1.B.) Importance of the Study: Describe why you are undertaking this study, why it is significant, and what you hope to ascertain. (1.C.) Statement of the Problem: State the purpose of the study; write “The purpose of this study was…” – use past tense throughout your report to indicate that it was written after the completion of the study. (1.D.) Hypothesis and/or Research Questions: State what you presume will occur as a result of the study. (1.E.) Definition of Terms: Define relevant words conceptually or operationally. Chapter 2: Review of Literature/Related Research Use “Literature” for quantitative studies. Use “Related Research” for qualitative studies. Review relevant literature pertaining to your topic. What previous research informs your study? Chapter 3: Research Design/Methodology Use “Research” for quantitative studies. Use “Methodology” for qualitative studies. (3.1) Sample – Describe in terms of: who they are (include gender, age, grade level, ability levels, ethnicity – if relevant.) where they are from, how many are participating, how they were selected and assigned any other relevant information the reader may need to know the sample (3.2) Materials – include a description and/or discussion of the following, if applicable: relevant materials used in the study any commercial tests, games, computers, literature, and/or surveys validity and reliability of testing instruments or surveys (3.3) Analysis of Data – Explain how you analyzed your data (3.4) Results – State and describe the results of your study Provide the raw data only; reserve your conclusions and insights for the next chapter Display the results in table form, using graphs, charts, and any other acceptable manner of presenting your findings Chapter 4: Implications for Teaching/Supervision and Research (4.1) Limitations of the Study – List and briefly explain factors beyond your control, such as: sample, size, time factor, internal and external validity (4.2) Discussions/Conclusions – Describe your observations, opinions, and conclusions based on the results you reported in the previous chapter. Provide possible explanations and note interesting, significant, and/or curious findings. (4.3) Implications for school improvement or effectiveness. (4.4) Implications for Further Research – Describe areas of further investigation that you might recommend others undertake. Include areas of investigation you did not pursue, but are important. Your paper must follow the APA style.