Osaka JALT:

Exploring Action Research Methods: Examples from an Extensive Reading Program

Date: Friday, February 17th, 2006 Time: 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Speaker: Greg Sholdt, Himeji Dokkyo University

In this presentation, the conceptualizations, justifications, and benefits of action research will be explored and the basic steps of conducting an action research project, including a variety of techniques for collecting and analyzing data, will be described. The presenter will share his experiences collaborating on several projects investigating an extensive reading program at a Japanese university and explain how the results of those investigations serve to adjust the format and implementation of the program. Participants will work together to identify a topic for action research in their own classrooms, select appropriate methods of data collection and analysis, and develop a feasible plan of action. The primary goal of the meeting is to have each participant come away with a clear plan of action, knowledge of the necessary steps and available resources, and the confidence to carry out their research project with success.

Greg Sholdt holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii. He taught graduate level introductory statistics courses and a course on educational psychology for students in the teacher education program at the University of Hawaii. He has also worked as a statistical consultant assisting graduate students with the analysis of their research data and interpretation of their findings. In addition to Extensive Reading, Sholdt's research interests also include motivation and CALL. He currently teaches and conducts research at Himeji Dokkyo University.

About the venue: The Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center is in Umeda's Dai-2 Building. You can phone the center at 06-6345-5000, or see their website at

Organization: Osaka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Osaka JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: 500 yen
Non-members: 1500 yen

Venue: Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center, Umeda's Dai-2 Building 6th Floor meeting room

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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