Qualitative v. Quantitative Research
Qualitative research differs from quantitative in three notable ways. First, qualitative research is a bottom up model while quantitative research has a top down design. What that means is that those conducting qualitative research collect data and determine a finding based on the data. On the other hand those conducting quantitative research have a hypothesis and then find data to either disprove or prove that hypothesis. The other difference is that quantitative research is focused on numerical data, while qualitative research is based on non-numerical data (interviews, questionnaires, surveys, etc.). Finally, because quantitative research is based on numerical data, the findings should be replicatable, while qualitative research is more open to interpretation.

Quantitative research and qualitative research are similar in that they are held up to the same standards of validity and reliability. Previously qualitative research was seen as not a rigorous as quantitative research.  
Action Research 
Qualtivative v. Quantitative Reseach

Action Research

Traditional Research

Action research is small scale research conducted usually by someone who is connected to the subjects. The individual conducting the research can change the stimulus immediately if the desired outcome is not observed. The process is cyclical in an attempt to constantly improve instruction and outcomes.

Traditional research is the systematic approach to determining an issue and finding an effecitve solution for said issue. The process follows the scientific method and the researcher does not have a personal connection to the subjects.


I think that conducting research is vital to being an effective teacher. Prior to this quarter I had not heard of action research. When I learned what action research was, I discovered that I had been doing something similar (albeit less organized) in my classes. I feel that organized research is very painstaking, but has a tremendous upside in helping teachers become more effective and in turn helping students learn.
I feel that the literature review is the most trying part of formal research, but necessary. Prior to attempting a literature review, I did not see literature reviews as necessary to research. After conducting a literature review I believe that a literature is crucial because it simultaneously helps defend the reason behind conducting your research and helps the researcher avoid repetition.

There were a few things that I really liked about this assignment. I genuinely liked helping my students and feeling like I had more of an impact on their attendance. I feel I helped students by conducting this research because now I have another tool in my box that I can use to help them be successful. I want all my students to succeed and most want to succeed, they just forget about school because they are only required to attend once a week. Now that I text students before their appointment and twice, it seems to keep them focused on their homework. What I mean in regards to being more involved is that previously I would just call home after a student missed their appointment and usually no one would answer. Using Remind has helped me develop open dialogue and allows me to frequently remind students about school. I feel I can prevent an issue instead of dealing with the aftermath.
There were many challenges that I faced while completing my research including: no excel skills, confusion with readings, and feeling overwhelmed. The way I dealt with my lack of experience with excel was YouTube, if it was not for YouTube, I would have failed this paper. I dealt with my confusion about the reading by emailing you Dr. Baek, thank you for all your help. I am still trying to figure out how not to feel overwhelmed, what I tried this quarter was to try and get ahead, but I am not sure it worked out.

My big takeaway is contacting people is a great idea, whether it is to remind people about what they need to be doing or asking for help. I am not sure why I previously did not like contacting my professors, but I found it very helpful this quarter and I think I will continue to do so in the future.
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Mertler, C. A. (2012). Action Research: improving schools and empowering educators. (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.