Welcome to my action research site-- the best place to discover the action research I conducted while completing my Master of Arts in Learning Education at Pepperdine. Before looking through my website, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself and share some of my passions.
I am fascinated by community and how people seamlessly weave their lives together to accomplish more than they could possible dream of accomplishing alone. Curating effective community can be difficult and I believe it is important to study and reflect on communities with active and vibrant membership. My research examines a fourth grade classroom and investigates ways of cultivating and growing participation in this healthy community.
Students no longer go to a library when writing a research paper, they consult Google Scholar or other online databases to seek articles and publications. Fixing a flat on a bike for the first time is as easy s consulting YouTube and finding a step-by-step instruction video. In short, there is a great divide between people who visualize the solution to problem with technology in mind and people who hold fast to old methodologies. I am fascinated by this divide and how the future of effective teaching will best leverage the thoughts and aspirations of digital natives.
The final element of my research revolves around my desire to learn what motivates people to take on challenge and accomplish tasks. Teaching is a unique profession. Teachers are tasked with the responsibility of meeting with a group of consumers who had no choice of whether or not they could attend the session and then convince those consumers that the product they are presenting is worth understanding. The best teachers are able to motivate students to great success despite these barriers. I strive to be this type of educator.