Proficient Homework

Utilize various digital tools to conduct research, communicate, and demonstrate learning. Apply advanced search features of databases in an online library to locate action research proposals.

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This assignment measures your ability on how to assess the quality of various sources of information, distinguish peer-reviewed sources, and how to evaluate their credibility for use in academic research. This assessment also supports your achievement of Course Learning Outcome 1.

In this assignment, you will be critically evaluating the quality and credibility of various sources of information. More specifically, you will continue exploring the Ashford University Library to locate both primary and secondary sources of information appropriate for academic research that relate to the topic you identified in this week’s discussion posting.

InstructionsFirst, you will conduct a scholarly search using the key words “action research”and your chosen topic from Week One Discussion: Topic Selection (such as testing and assessment, educational standards, educational technology, literacy strategies, culturally and linguistically diverse students, safe classroom environments, disability research in general, AD/HD, autism, emotional/behavioral disturbance, intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities, etc.) and the grade level of your current or future professional goal. Your search should be conducted using a scholarly search option, such as Google (Links to an external site.),Bing (Links to an external site.), Yahoo (Links to an external site.), or any other major search engine. For example, “action research and AD/HD and first grade.” Be sure to take the time to inform yourself on sound research sources including use of peer reviews as listed in the recommended and required resources for the week.

· To get you started, view What is a Scholarly Journal Article? (Links to an external site.) Next, you will analyze the first five results that appear from your search in a table format using Microsoft Word.

Then, using the same keywords you used to search the Web, you will conduct a search in the Ashford University Library using one of the academic databases (ERIC, ProQuest, EBSCOhost, and so forth) and create a table such as the one below using Microsoft Word. Finally, you will select two sources from either table that you feel are the best overall based on currency, credibility, authority, and academic integrity and construct a summary. For each article in your tables, use the following format:

APA Reference Entry

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Source Type

(e.g., journal article, magazine article, book, and so forth)


(e.g., two to three sentences summarizing the contents of the source)

Welcome to Educational Research

Assignment Due Date Format Grading Percent Post Your Introduction Day 1 Discussion 3 Topic Selection Day 3 (1st Post) Discussion 4 Finding Nemo? No, Finding Research Day 7 Assignment 10

Learning Outcomes

This week students will:

  1. Utilize various digital tools to conduct research, communicate, and demonstrate learning.
  2. Apply advanced search features of databases in an online library to locate action research proposals.
  3. Determine the academic credibility and validity of academic research studies.


Welcome to EDU694! It is a pleasure to have you in this class and to have you continue your studies in the graduate programs of the College of Education!

Throughout this course, you will gain a significant amount of knowledge regarding action research. These skills will strengthen and support your role in the education profession and are intentionally designed to build from previous learning in your master’s program.

It is suggested that the resources shared in this week be saved in a “link library” to be used for reference later in the class, future course work, and professional practice.This week you will build upon the skills previously learned in your program. You will be introduced to action research and strengthen your skills searching for information via the web and Ashford Library. More specifically, Week One provides the opportunity for you to fine-tune your research skills.

In preparation for this week’s activities, review the course textbook and the weekly assignments so that you have a global understanding of the assignments and expectations. Also, review the Meet Your Instructor page of the course to learn more about your instructor.

Please be sure to take about an hour to review this week’s Instructor Guidance. There you will find a wealth of useful information that will supplement your understanding as you progress through the week’s discussions and assignments. This document can also be used as a scholarly reference in this week’s assignments. If additional guidance is needed, please access the Ask Your Instructor section of your course.

It is important to note that the Instructor Guidance has been developed to directly compliment the learning outcomes in each week of this course. As in any course, the Instructor Guidance supports the required texts and other readings but does not replace it. For your continued success in this program, it is highly recommended that you are prepared for each week’s instruction by accessing all of the available resources.

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