The Action Research project was designed to help me examine literature, collect/report data, and answer research questions focused around the key themes of: creating an inclusive classroom environment, the integration of technology in a high school social studies classroom, and the implementation of researched based subject specific teaching practices. Action research was designed for me to use data from my first teaching experience of the course of a year in the MAT program. I used the knowledge from all the classes I completed in the program to help guide my learning through the action research process. I used self reflective journaling to help provide a path for future decisions and behavior, I analyzed a number of different documents to track improvement and compare and contrast lesson plans, and I listened to observation feedback from both my mentor and supervising teacher. The forms of data collection listed above helped me to examine my own teaching practices while explicitly highlighting strengths and areas for improvement within my own teaching. Through extensive action research I was able to gain the knowledge of how I can improve in highlighted areas to increase my ability as an educator. Action research has provided me with emerging themes that I will focus on as I continue my journey as a teacher. Action research is something that I will continue to perform going forward. I have learned so much about the process of action research and now understand the importance and opportunity action research provides to truly a better version of myself. I am excited to see what findings will come from future practice

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Action Research

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Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

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Joshua Schultz

Committee Member

Trey Shimabukuro



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