​​Research Tool Kit

Review of Types of Research:

This is a basic overview of Quantitative and Qualitative Research - it provides an overview, examples and resources.

This is a basic overview of Action Research based on a Creswell Text.

This PDF looks at Themes in Education Action Research and is from the Brown University Education Labs.

This PDF looks at Action Research in the classroom setting and uses materials typically used by schools in the process.

Selecting a Topic and Developing the Purpose Statement and Research Question

Below is a PPT link that will help you with setting up a purpose statement for your research once you have selected a topic.

MUST KNOW LINKS for our Library to get you started:
Basics from the Library on June 9th, 2010
http://newpaltz.libguides.com/summerreadingseminar - This is the page the librarians used in their presentation and will take you to the materials they presented.
http://newpaltz.libguides.com/content.php?pid=118455&sid=1030222 Databases and Journals – It also has tutorials.
Here is a sample of our journals that have "reading" in their titles http://zr5qx8jp2f.search.serialssolutions.com/?V=1.0&N=100&L=ZR5QX8JP2F&S=T_W_A&C=reading
Here is a sample of journals that use "literacy" in their titles - http://zr5qx8jp2f.search.serialssolutions.com/?V=1.0&N=100&L=ZR5QX8JP2F&S=T_W_A&C=literacy
http://library.newpaltz.edu/assistance/citation_guides.html - College APA Citation Guide
http://library.newpaltz.edu/consultation_new.html - Use to make an appointment with a librarian.

Research Methods

Levels of Measurement - http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/measlevl.php

The Literature Review

Literature Review Resources and Samples Empire State College Page of compiled resources on Literature Reviews

Literature Review Resources - http://www.sportsci.org/jour/9901/wghreview.html

Literature Review Information - http://library.ucsc.edu/help/howto/write-a-literature-review

Getting Started on the Literature Review - http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/literature_review.html


Measurement Tools

Data Collection - There are examples. I am not suggesting you use these forms/data collection measures. I am suggesting you look at them get ideas and set up your own. However, if you find one that meets your research please use it.

Assessment Guide http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Content/Documents/Assessment-Guide/Assessment-Guide-Chapter-9.pdf

Advanced Survey - http://www.advancedsurvey.com/surveys/

School Leadership Tools for Data Driven Teachers http://schooltechleadership.org/projects/school-data-tutorials/

RTI Generators for NY- http://www.interventioncentral.org/

Reading Interventions that Work - http://www.jimwrightonline.com/pdfdocs/brouge/rdngManual.PDF

Communication with Parent - http://www.slc.sevier.org/pcall2.pdf

Marie Clay Assessments -http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/teachingresources/english/literacy/assessment/14observsurvey.htm

Writing Vocabulary Test/Hearing and Recording Sounds/Letter Identification Assessment/Word Reading Test/Concepts about Print Score Sheet

Entry and Exit Grade Level Assessments - http://www.arliteracymodel.com/pdf/elsgmanual/entry_exit_assessments.pdf


Example of an Observational Survey - http://mrsstevens.net/documents/formal%20assessments/clay.pdf

Overview of Guided Reading Assessments - http://www.ideasfromsuzi.com/files/guidedreading/SDE-GettingStartedwithGuidedReading.pdf

Apple Assessment and Record Keeping Examples - http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=554&version=296&pageID=1183

Observational Checklist - http://www.learner.org/libraries/readingk2/pdf/obs_checklist.pdf

Questions about the Environment - http://www.learner.org/libraries/readingk2/pdf/keyquestions.pdf

Observation Sheet - http://www.learner.org/libraries/readingk2/pdf/assessment.pdf

Reminder – Essential Components of Literacy Development http://www.learner.org/libraries/readingk2/front/components.html

Running Records - http://www1.rcas.org/literacy/pdfs/assessmenthandout.pdf

Comprehension Assessment Component:

Reading Assessment Instruments - http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/commarts/readassess.pdf
Knowing Students about Readers and Writers -http://assist.educ.msu.edu/ASSIST/classroom/teaches_content/ES_lang_arts/knowstudrewr.html

Building Balanced Literacy Programs – Assessment and Resources http://www.primaryteachers.org/balanced_literacy.htm

Literacy Basics Initial and ongoing assessments - http://www.nald.ca/literacybasics/initial/type/01.htm

Literacy Assessment Techniques - http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li7lk29.htm

Principles of Effective Literacy Assessment http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li7lk5.htm

List of Reading Assessments - http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/title1/resource/assess/readlist.pdf

Mosaic of Thought Tools for Assessment http://www.readinglady.com/mosaic/tools/tools.htm

Database of Reading Assessments - http://www.sedl.org/reading/rad/list.html

Informal Reading Assessment - http://highland.hitcho.com.au/readingassessment.pdf

Typical Early Reading Assessments http://www.k8accesscenter.org/training_resources/earlyreadingtools.asp

Types of Inventories - http://departments.weber.edu/teachall/reading/inventories.html

Introduction to Assessment - http://www.readinga-z.com/assess/index.html

Online Practice Comprehension Assessment - http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/practicereading.html


Attendance Records - http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/attendance-sheets.html

Interactive Lesson Planner - http://www.janbrett.com/planner/planner1.php4

Template Resources - http://www.mrsperkins.com/testing.htm

Apple for the Parent - http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/an_apple_for_the_parent.htm

Student Writing Rubrics - http://www.eduplace.com/cgi-bin/schtemplate.cgi?template=/rdg/hme/rubrics/toc.thtml&grades=k_5&alt=K-5

Literacy Printables - http://www.lauracandler.com/filecabinet/literacy/litprintables.php

Basic Student Lesson Plan - http://imet.csus.edu/imet2/rowlandm/read2kids/lessontemplate.htm

Tips for Reading Tutors - http://www.literacyconnections.com/AdviceforReadingTutors.php

Characteristics of Successful Literacy Tutoring - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4064/is_200310/ai_n9281041/

Sample Lesson Plan with Activities- http://communityconnection.osu.edu/training/tutoring/before_the_story.htm

Research Tools

My Webspiration Free - Pre writing and organizing tool.
Zotero Free - Writing and Research tool
Crocodocs - Free - peer review tool
http://delicious.com/dembe01/actionresearch Social Bookmarks for Graduate Seminar in Reading
Common Core Standards

Citation Generators - Even using a citation generator you must check it to make sure it is correct.
OttoBib Get APA citation using Book ISBN
Harvard Reference Generator

APA Guidelines:
Purdue Owl Guidelines for APA - one of the best on the web and in 6th ed.

APA 6th edition form Purdue Owl - one of the best tutorials on the web for APA 6th.

Parts of the Paper:
  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents - May include but not necessary
  • Introduction: - Background
    • Purpose Statement -> Identify the problem
    • Research question -> How it is written determines if it is a qualitative or quantitative study.
  • Literature Review - Synthesis
  • Methodology
  • Quantitative or qualitative study
    • Participants
    • Variables
    • How the research will be implemented.
    • Limitations and Implications
    • How you are going to maintain credibility, validity and triangulation
  • Analysis - Data Sources - Facts and findings of the student and it is based on your documentation.
    • Results
    • Findings and Discussion
    • Questions for Further Research
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices


APA Research Proposal Template
Literature Review Outline Template
Peer Editing Worksheet from Dr. Hop.


Graduate Reading Seminar Course Materials

Updated 3/9/11