Dear Dr. Redmond,
We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice many Saturdays and weeknights in GSOE Innovative Learning for whatever it takes to earn a master’s degree. But we think you’re being too realistic for making us blog about qualitative and quantitative data and how it relates to our research. You see us as we want you to see us… in the simplest terms, in the most Zoomerific definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case...a princess...and a criminal…
Does that answer your question?
The Midnight Snack Club
The Brain: Sarah Magallano
*The Brain puts on blue light blocker glasses before sitting down in front of a laptop computer to analyze data.*
The research for this project includes quantitative data that will be changed, like alchemy, to quantitative data. This method was chosen because educators may not enjoy a colleague adding “one more thing” to their already overflowing plates. Also, aforementioned educators would not have to analyze their data and report, as this data pertains to their own perceptions of how their teaching practices are unfolding. This data will help answer the inquiry of research on how well students are receiving an education using Universal Design for Learning, and how well educators are receiving coaching on Universal Design for Learning. This, in turn, drives future coaching methods for the remainder of the school year.
The Princess: Erica Gysbers
Quantitative data really seemed like the only way to do my research of sushi, lipstick and pearls. As the study is about oral language, it was to be quantified in a rubric. I used the 21st century skills rubric for communication and collaboration as well as English Language Development standards with a rubric made from success criteria for the academic language associated with the study. I could not use any form of written assessment as that would be a reflection of their reading and writing skills therefore, a rubric that could be measured was the chosen method. Quantitative data answered the question of how students improved with a pre and post assessment on flip grid and utilizing in class discussions as well as question and answer.
The Jock: Erica Reeves
My research took on a hybrid of quantitative and qualitative data or mixed methods. I needed to see collaborative skills as well as language use, so I used rubrics to collect quantitative data. However, I was concerned with how students were enjoying and engaged in the activities, so I used a student journal and collected their feedback on their experiences during the activities, qualitative data. My mixed methods for data collection should allow me to get the numbers for performance during activities, but it also will record the reactions and satisfaction of the students...sort of like the jock’s experience in a sport.
In athletics, coaches and fans look at the numbers- how is the athlete performing? How many wins and losses? Were they leading in any of the quarters or halves? By how much? Lots of number crunching and analytics that give a picture of performance. However, interviewing the athlete after the sporting event gives you their reaction and satisfaction on the overall match/game. It rounds out the picture of the athlete. We see their performance and the interview gives us their experience. Which is what I hope to gain in my collection of data- a well-rounded picture of performance and satisfaction that students have during learning.
The Basketc Case: Laurie Gaynor
Data organization is a combination of Pixie Stix and Cap'n Crunch. Similar to categorical data in a qualitative sample, each denotes a dependent variable that changes due to the addition of milk. The Basket Case is in detention to determine the efficacy of shelter-in-place protocols. It has become apparent that trends amongst the five participants in this study whose names have been anonymized for this research project (The Princess, The Brain, The Jock, The Criminal, and The Basket Case). Using the data collected from the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz the researcher found that participants in this study were prone to specific character flaws that determined their potential in high school. As this is an ongoing study, the study will conclude July 31, 3021. The IRB (Irresponsible Regressive Band) was on the road and has yet to approve this study.
The Criminal: Lynda Tuttle-Bergner
Data organization is measured in cigarettes, and flannels. I decided to use quantitative data for the simple reason that I am gauging how many students complete/participate in classroom activities/work. My entire paper is about trying to get students to engage and participate in classroom activities...and at this point, any classroom activities are acceptable. Quantitative data answered the research questions in the best way possible. Qualitative data would not have been beneficial because I was not trying to determine how well the students completed their assignments, or how well they participated, just “if” I could get them to participate.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.