Action Research Poster Winner Announced at Academic Assembly

action-research-poster-AA-collage-groveThe 2014 Action Research Project (ARP) poster competition, sponsored by the Teaching/Learning Academy (TLA), recognizes the work of Valencia’s faculty members who have engaged in action research in their classrooms.

Action research is a means of professional growth that attempts to provide insight into how students learn. Through this process, teachers, counselors and librarians are encouraged to use their classrooms, offices, libraries and laboratories for the study of learning. Altogether, action research supports data-informed decision making by faculty.faculty-insight-news-id

This year’s entries represented a variety of disciplines, including English for academic purposes (EAP), library science, psychology and biology.

Derek Schorsch, professor of psychological science, East Campus, was announced as the ARP poster winner by Susan Ledlow, vice president of academic affairs, during Academic Assembly.

His action research project was titled “Critical Thinking and Psychomythology: Practicing the Evaluation of Claims Using Learning-Centered Activities.”

To be selected for the poster competition, the action research project had to be implemented by the faculty member at the College prior to the poster session. Projects were then reviewed and selected for inclusion using Valencia’s ARP rubric criteria and the following additional criteria:

  • Innovative approach to solving the research question
  • Relevant to the needs of Valencia College students
  • Ability to communicate to someone outside the discipline

Valencia faculty members have been implementing action research projects for more than two decades as part of Destination, Title III and V grants, and their pre-tenure work. The sharing of action research allows faculty to gain insight into the efficacy of instructional strategies and showcases exemplary work in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

And as you — counselors, librarians and professors — engage in classroom research to improve teaching and learning in your courses during the coming year, we hope you will consider submitting your action research project in next year’s ARP poster session.

Congratulations to Derek and each of the ARP poster presenters.

To learn more about Derek’s project, read this month’s Faculty Highlight.

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