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Writing the Report

Rochelle T. Papasin, Ph.D.


Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus
Things to remember about Action Research

Focuses on a single phenomenon.


Minimal use of literature.
Data collected from a small group.
Data analysis by description.
Interpretation based on abstract, deeper
meaning.
Flexible reporting.
Considerations in writing
Tenses
Voice: Objective
Person: Infrequent use of first person (I, we)
Tentative vs. Definitive Statements
Clarity, Consistency
Have 'test' readers read and give feedback on
clarity and flow.
Simplicity
Academic Writing Conventions
Introduction
Area of Focus / Purpose of the Study
Why did you choose this study? What did you hope to
accomplish?
Defining the Variables
Research Questions
Limitations of the Study
Review of Related Literature
Summarize literature review Include 3 or 4 highlights
Why is this study new? Why is it needed?
Methodology
Observe clarity when describing methodology
Research Setting/ Participants
Description of Intervention/Innovation
Data Collection Procedures and Considerations
Validation of data
Data Analysis Procedures
Role of the Researcher -
your role and ability to understand the situation
Ethical Considerations
Results and Discussion
Thematic approach
- sequential or logical
Explore the dimensions explored in the study.
How did you explore and validate your data?
To what extent were the research questions answered?
Clearly outlines how you have arrived at the conclusions.
You may include Personal Observations at the end of the
report.
Conclusions
Draw conclusions based on reflections and relevance.
( Do not draw conclusions with absolute certainty).
Include explanations on what extent it challenges or reaffirms
existing policies or practices.
Include explanation of the researchers view, views and
developments of the participants, how and why these views
were arrived at.
Write the Title
Initial screening mechanism.
Titles: Describe the study
Devise a title that is descriptive and
inviting.
Find words that are accessible to both
specialists and nonspecialists.
Abstract
Telling them what you will say:
Identify the topic/subject of your paperthe
question/problem it raises.
Locate the topic/subject in terms of a field of scholarship
who/what provides the intellectual context for the
problem/question the paper raises.
Emphasize your position/propositionyour central idea
regarding the question/problem.
Be conciseabstracts may range anywhere from 150-300 words.
Plan the abstract as a single paragraph that is unified (i.e., one
topic) and coherent (i.e., ideas flow continuously).
Edit it carefully for grammar, punctuation, typos, etc.
Ensure the abstract conforms to the house style of the
conference or journal.
Research Presentation and Publication
Look for a possible conference to present your findings.
Consider the theme and your research topic.
Submit your Abstract.
Create a presentation.
A conference talks goal is to make the audience want to read your paper.
The talk does not replace the paper.

Know your audience.


Your audience has a different perspective on your project than you do.
Know your medium
Oral communication is different from written communication.
Note: At a conference, the audience will see 20-30 presentations in 2-3
days.
Remember:
-K.I.S.S.
-Repeat key insights: tell them what youre going to tell them (forecast),
tell them, and tell them what you told them (summary).
References
Mertler, C. A. (2012). Action Research: Improving Schools and
Empowering Educators, 3rd ed. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publishers.
Reyes, W. S. Managing Action Research in Education. May 8-10,
2015. Laoag City.
Suarez, C. A. 2017. PPI Seminar Workshop on Action Teaching and
Learning. Baguio City (19-20 February 2017).