and Reliable Data Collection Plan
|1.||Your obligation to students|
|2.||The need for personal and collective efficacy|
|3.||The need to add to the professional knowledge base|
The first reason, your obligation to students, rests on the premise that the education of the community's young is a sacred trust placed upon you as a educator. Therefore, the decisions you make on behalf of students are actions of no small consequence. No one, least of all teachers, would wish to see students victimized by malpractice. When you make teaching decisions on the basis of sloppy research, you place your students at risk.
A second reason to hold your action research to the highest standards of quality is that understanding your influence on educational outcomes can significantly enhance your personal and collective feelings of efficacy. However, before you can take credit for the success reflected in your data, the quality of that data must withstand the scrutiny of the world's most critical jury—your own skeptical mind. Ultimately, if you doubt your own conclusions regarding the contribution you have made