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Class 518 discussion board 1

400 words

Identify
a specific research design from Chapters 6–17 of your textbook that you could
use to answer your proposed research question. Next, state (1) how you would
gather the data, (2) whether the design is a quantitative or qualitative approach,
and (3) why a quantitative/qualitative approach is more suitable.

Student sample

To complete my
research proposal I would use the correlational research design as highlighted
by M. Gall, J. Gall and Borg (2012) in chapter 12.

To
answer the question of, “To what extent is ability grouping utilized for
reading?,” I would have teachers complete a questionnaire about what type
reading instruction they utilize within their classroom. The questionnaire
would include questions such as:


“Do you teach reading whole group or in small groups?”


“Do you utilize this type of instruction for the whole year?”


“If you teach reading in small groups, do you group by ability?”


“If you group by ability how many groups do you have?”

The questionnaire
would be mailed to first grade teachers within the schools that were selected
to be part of the sample. The samples selected would represent all first grade
classrooms within the specific county in which I teach to determine the
differences between classrooms on a local level.

To
answer the question, “Does ability grouping for literacy instruction promote
student growth and gains in reading for all ability levels of students?,” I
would gather and analyze data from those classrooms that utilize ability
grouping for reading. I would use fall and spring scores from PALS reading
assessments in first grade. I would compare the spring score to the fall score
to determine the amount of reading achievement gains for each student.

To
answer the question, “Does ability grouping for literacy instruction promote
more student growth than standard classroom settings?,” I would compare PALS
assessments from ability grouped classrooms and standard classrooms to see
which set of results had the highest amount of reading gains shown from the
growth between fall and spring scores.

This
research design is quantitative in nature. This research design is more
suitable for this study because I am comparing statistical data to find a
correlation between reading instruction and achievement levels of students in
first grade classrooms. This correlation would not have a large impact from a
case study, as this would only follow a small number of students or classes. By
using a quantitative design, I would compare all first grade classrooms within
the county that I currently teach in to help provide data that could be used to
bridge the gap between successful and struggling schools. By focusing on a
number of classrooms within a number of schools you can see more trends and use
data to better tailor instruction to increase academic achievement.

References

Gall, M. D., Gall, J.
P., & Borg, W. R. (2010). Applying educational research: how to read,
do, and use research to solve problems of practice
(6th ed.). Boston, MA:
Pearson.

Discussion board 2 (no
student sample for this one yet)

400 words

Topic: After reading the
assigned text
, compare and contrast the education systems of English and
German. Examine the major factors that shaped their philosophies and practices.
Make a convincing case for which system provides a better education for its
citizens. List any sources used according to APA protocol.

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