Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education


READ 581: Action Research in Literacy Leadership (3 cr)
Spring 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Fall 2008
Spring 2014: 03/31/14 06/13/14

Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith – Southern Oregon University

This course is an introduction to educational research primarily focusing on "teacher conducted research" called Action Research. The purpose of this course is to develop the educator's knowledge and skills in teacher research to assist them in becoming literacy leaders. Students will learn how to use action research as a reflective tool in assessing the effectiveness of their literacy instruction/school literacy programs in relationship to student learning outcomes. This course will focus on the following phases for conducting action research: identifying an area of focus, comprehensive review of current research, qualitative data collection methods, data analysis, and formulating an action plan. Students will develop an action research proposal to address a literacy need in their schools or classrooms and which may also be appropriate for submission to grant agencies for funding.
PREREQUISITES There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to elementary and/or secondary students.
Online discussions, weekly tutorials, online research, literature review, and action research project.
STANDARDS This course supports the following 2010 International Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals:
6.1 Candidates demonstrate foundational knowledge of adult learning theories and related research about organizational change, professional development, and school culture.
6.2 Candidates display positive dispositions related to their own reading and writing and the teaching of reading and writing, and pursue the development of individual professional knowledge and behaviors.
6.3 Candidates participate in, design, facilitate, lead, and evaluate effective and differentiated professional development programs.
6.4 Candidates understand and influence local, state, or national policy decisions.
Students will conduct a literacy-focused action research project in their school setting.
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used as 3 core or elective credit(s) in the Literacy Leadership thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program, the 12-credit Literary Education program, or for individual professional development.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith, Associate Professor of Education, Southern Oregon University. Eight years of public school teaching experience; 15 years teaching at the university level. (BA, M. Ed., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa)
K-12 teachers working on a Reading Endorsement. Teachers who wish to implement a literacy-focused action research project in their schools.
Students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written and classroom-based assignments). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK A textbook is required for this course. You will be sent the textbook title and suggested purchase locations when you register for the course.
COST No course in the ReadOregon curriculum will cost more than $359 per credit, including all fees, for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT(S) For more details on this course, please contact the instructor, Dr. Jo-Anne Lau-Smith, or Angela Huftill in Extended Campus Programs.

For further questions about ReadOregon programs, email Bonnie Morihara or call 503-838-8413.

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