ID Model Reflection
Action Research: the reflection.
First off, I was glad that Stephanie thought of this as an idea since I'd never heard of this one before. It seems to me that this idea, whether or not it really is an ID model, is a formulation of what many teachers do all the time in the field. They may not always follow a "model," but this kind of thing probably goes on all the time in classrooms. Teachers often don't have time our resources to do many of the ID models in the course of their everyday work. Getting completely unbiased and removed analysis isn't always practical. This method allows seemless integration into their teaching and actually having the students knowingly participating can be a benefit. There is reason to believe that this buy-in can be a positive motivator.
I think it can be argued that this is either not a true ID model or perhaps a method that can be used within an existing ID model or learning situation. The point was raised about the difficulty of using this model as it can be problematic to get reliable performance data, which seems to be such an issue in education today. In any case, Action Research should be looked upon as another tool, among others, to improve learning. I also liked the idea that Stephanie brought up where in practice, results of Action Research were added to an existing knowledge base that many educators can draw upon. Action Research will have different applicability depending upon the situation, but more critical, even scientific analysis of the learning situation can have real benefits for education.
And also thanks to the class for the interesting discussion items; it was tough to go after the JuiceMasters!