Classroom-Based Action Research

Want to know the impact of classroom instruction on student learning?

Education research can get messy but Classroom-based Action Research Reporting (CARR®) simplifies it with a step-by-step example-filled process that includes digital tools to streamline data collection. Here educators can determine impact of new instruction strategies, education models, or technology by clarifying their goals, gathering evidence for impact on learning, reflecting on and sharing findings with colleagues.

CARR® guides teacher research through four steps of reflection:

Step 1: Build your Plan - How will teaching and learning change?

Step 2: Test your Instruction Solution - Gather evidence of student learning status.

Step 3: Analyze, Process, and take Informed Action - Document data-driven decisions that change teaching and learning.

Step 4: Reflect and Share - Share your findings and expand their impact on other learners.

Leveraging Qualtrics’ powerful Research Suite platform, ALP has built numerous online tools to support professional learning in K12 Education and capture change in instruction and learning. CARR is a tool to support educators who want the power to significantly and positively change learning for their students.

Simple or Complex Research? You've come to the right place…

Some research requires more detail and complex analysis while other inquiries are a quick check to determine next instructional steps. Whether you are doing classroom research for your master’s thesis, piloting a new teaching model across several schools, or informally presenting findings to colleagues, CARR® can help streamline and organize your action research project.

Here are a few of CARR®’s Uses:

Emergent Teaching Practices: Teachers who want to understand impact, document, and share best teaching practices within their professional learning community can select their level of complexity and formality of the reporting.

Education Leaders: CARR can help education leaders document, grow, and expand best teaching practice by across multiple teachers and classrooms. Resulting reports provide support for grant proposals and funding, determining value-add of a new curriculum, and/or impact of new technology on learning.

Higher Education: CARR supports development of Master’s Theses proposals, education studies required for student teachers in credential programs, research proposals, term papers, etc. Likewise, education professors can assign action research projects to a class of student teachers via CARR to structure the research process, data collection, and reporting.