The purpose of this Action Research Project is to better understand how my teaching practices relate to research-based strategies. Throughout my Action Research, I chose to focus on three areas: implementing diverse texts, implementing scaffolding, and implementing civic literacy strategies. These focus areas were studied over the course of an eight-week period where I tracked when and how each of these areas was present in my lesson plans, my research journal, and my classroom observations. I collected and examined data from my personal practice and used the resulting analysis to anticipate further growth in these areas as I continue my education career.

As I studied my personal teaching, I uncovered the variety of ways I naturally incorporated diverse texts, scaffolding, and civic literacy skills. Additionally, I discovered and reflected on new ways that I could incorporate these skills in future lessons. Some results in this study show few examples of certain strategies, especially the incorporation of civic literacy skills. The reflective nature of this project has impacted my understanding of these skills, including findings that indicate the level of implementation difficulty posed by some teaching strategies. At the end of my study, I conclude that future Action Research will be needed to continue growing in these areas.

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Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

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Ken Carano

Committee Member

Kellen Sherwood



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