Practical Action Research Process (Develop an Action Plan # (Repeat the…
Practical Action Research Process
Second Action Plan
Continued Volunteer Training-Mindfulness and Team Building
Add Lessons on Team Building
Analyze and Interpret Second Data Collection
The focus groups showed a need for increased team building and lessons on mindfulness to increase self regulation and reduce stress.
Youth continued to score high on their Core Value Scores however the scored for the parents have decreased.
Develop an Action Plan
Repeat the Study and Adust
Team Building Lesson Plans
Volunteer Training-Robotics & Team Building
Analyze and Interpret Data
The qualitative portion of the research resulted in the top three themes of club unity, recognizing others likes/strengths, and everyone participates. Further descriptions with club unity was that they work together as one unit no matter if they are working on a robot or playing an online team game. When recognizing others strengths, it was reported that team members wanted to know what each one liked to do and then could gain more skills in that area. Lastly when describing everyone participates, many members where angry with team mates who received team awards, but they were not willing to put the work into the project.
For the quantitative data, the Core Value results from all four clubs scored mostly in the developing and accomplished areas with only the younger team (Team D) receiving beginning scores and the older team(Team A) receiving two exemplary block. In regards to percentages, Team A scored 85%; Team B scored 82%; Team C with a 75%, and Team D with a 60%. The mean score for all four teams was 75.5. The parent survey was completed by ninety percent of participants which is eighteen. The summed scores of the team work questions had a mean of 40 with a possibility of 50 points total.
Second Data Collection
Repeat club focus groups with adding questions in regard to mindfulness and self regulation. Sample questions would include; What do you do when you are stressed, how do you calm yourself?
Repeat parent survey and Core Values measurement to build on previous data. Add in a survey on Mindfulness to measure skills in this area.
Qualitative:After consent has been obtained from parents and volunteers, I will use a combination of focus groups and one-on-one interviews starting with a preselected list of questions to collect qualitative data. The recorded interviews and focus groups will ask questions such as how does your team exhibit team work, what qualities make your or other members good team players, what qualities do team members exhibit when they are not working well with the team.
Quantitative:The Core Value portion of the FLL completion which includes a team challenge problem will be conducted to measure the performance of their abilities in relation to team work. The FLL Core Value rubric will be used with the same judges for all of the teams.
An attitudinal measure instrument will be created to measure the parents’ opinions of the club in regards to how well the club is building team work skills in their child. The scale will range from strongly agrees to strongly disagrees and be assigned a score from 5 to 1.
Identify a Area of Focus
Research Question: How can volunteers guide 4-H Robotics members to increase member team work related skills?
Statement: The problem is for a team to have a successful experience in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) they must be able to work cohesively and utilize each member’s strengths, however the 8-14 year old club members struggle to work as a unified team which limits their STEM learning as a whole and effects their FLL competition performance.