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PDS Action Research Information

Inquiry/Action Research and Service Learning are aligned with the School Improvement Plan

These are two key features of the Towson PDS Internship, required in our PDS model.  These features can be separate projects, e.g., an action research project on student achievement using a math strategy in a classroom and a service project on a reading club.  Also, action research and service learning can be combined.  For example, data collected on a service learning project involving math tutoring before or after school can additionally be used for action research provided the data are analyzed and shared to inform next steps in the research cycle.  Inquiry/Action Research and Service Learning projects can be implemented by individual interns or group of interns (whole cohorts or small groups).  Teachers, mentors, and/or school administrators should be involved in the suggestion, identification, and approval phase of the projects.


Inquiry/Action Research


“The learning community that evolves through a PDS offers an ideal medium for inquiry and action research surrounding teaching and learning.  Inquiry groups and/or action research groups and the training necessary to participate in these groups are an integral part of a PDS partnership”  (Professional Development Schools:  An Implementation Manual, Maryland Partnership for Teaching and Learning K-16 Superintendents and Deans Committee, 2003).


“Action research is a deliberate, solution-oriented investigation that is group or personally owned and conducted.  It is characterized by spiraling cycles of problem identification, systematic data collection, reflection, analysis, data-driven action taken, and, finally, problem redefinition” (Kemmis & McTaggart, 1982).

For more information, You can Download Action Research Project form by click here.

Below are some research projects that involve mentor teachers working with interns. (click on the title to view/download).


Towson Interns Display Their Action Research

National PDS Conference, 2008:



MSDE PDS Conference, 2008:






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