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Developing and Implementing Action Research Studies in DeafBlindness
Interveners and Qualified Personnel
Dr. Susan Bruce, Professor of Special Education at Boston College and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Coordinator of the Masters Degree Program in Severe Disabilities with an optional specialization in deafblindness, presented a webinar on June 21 on the topic of action research. Here is the link to the recording and accompanying materials:
Action research is a type of problem-solving research that is responsive to complex contexts, such as classrooms. Collaborative action research may involve entire teams, focused on addressing a question of interest. The purpose of this presentation was to introduce practitioners to the action research process, which involves: identifying a problem, forming a research question, determining and then implementing an intervention, collecting and analyzing data, changing the intervention in response to data (through additional action cycles), and dissemination. Resources were provided that can be used to build your knowledge and skills beyond the webinar.
This action research presentation was a part of a series of webinars intended to review and discuss recent research findings from the field of Deaf-Blindness, addressing “what we know”, “what we need to know”, and “what we might do about this” as a field.
Dr. Bruce presented a webinar in December titled: “Assessment and Instruction of Students Who Are Deafblind: What is the State of Our Evidence?” That December webinar as well as webinars from March (when the focus was on professional development – personnel preparation) and the April and May webinars (with a focus on recent research based information to help us in our knowledge of how to best help children who are Deaf-Blind communicate and learn) were recorded.
Here is a link to past webinar recordings in this series, accompanying materials and forum postings for post-webinar discussions on these past topics: https://nationaldb.org/wiki/page/9/754