Classroom Research may be simply defined as ongoing and cumulative intellectual inquiry by classroom teachers into the nature of teaching and learning in their own classrooms. At its best, Classroom Research should benefit both teachers and students by actively engaging them in the collaborative study of learning as it takes place day by day in the particular context of their own classrooms (Cross and Steadman, 1996, p. 2).
I love that I found a definition for Classroom Research. It is a continual self check by monitoring, observing and questioning during teaching which helps to guide instruction by keeping kids excited and physically involved in their own learning using current technology and approaches. When I found this article by Albrecht and Polheum (1998) I became very interested in the book they were referring to, Classroom Research: Implementing the Scholarship of Teaching. According to this research, we need to keep kids “actively engaged” using modern technology and approaches to facilitate beneficial learning in the classroom. They continued on to state “…Many teachers do not know what exists in the way of research on learning or where to look for it” (p. 1). This I find to be true in many cases. Just keeping up with the times on technology is such a concern. Not only do we fall short on training our staff in what is current, we also don’t have the money to support purchasing a lot of current technology or equipment.
“More and more studies show that technology integration in the curriculum improves students’ learning processes and outcomes (Edutopia, 2007).” When students use technology they seem more engaged, creative and become a little more critical of their work. Having the skills to use modern day technology will be a helpful tool for this generation because that is what they will need to know when seeking jobs after their educational years. We, as teachers, need to get onboard with integrating technology as a productive resource for our students.
Classroom research is: “learner-centered, teacher-directed, collaborative, context-specific, scholarly, practical and relevant, and continual” (Albrecht and Polheum, 1998). This approach can improve technology integration in the classroom by allowing for that ongoing, active engagement of every student. The focus on research and questioning, leading to further exploration on a topic opens the doors for technology integration for resources. This is such a wonderful approach to use for research when in the classroom.
Albrecht, W. S., Polheum C. E. (1998, Spring). Classroom Research: Implementing
the Scholarship of Teaching. Retrieved from
Cross, K. P., Steadman, M. H. (1996). Classroom Research: Implementing the Scholarship of
Teaching. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
Edutopia. (2007, November). Why Do We Need Technology Integration? Retrieved from