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Gathering Qualitative Data

Chapter Seven discusses the importance of QUALITATIVE data; yet, a teacher’s typical day does not lend itself to reflecting or journaling students’ progress and noting improvements to make the next school day.

Compare the two journal entries found on pages 118 and 203 of the textbook.  Earmark page 121 to answer the following questions.  Each question must serve as a header in your composition.

1.  Briefly compare and contrast the journal entries found on pages 118 and 203.  (minimum one paragraph)

2.  Discuss how you could employ journaling as a form of data collection….not only for an inquiry brief, but at the present time in your classroom to begin gathering qualitative data regarding your students’ progress. Briefly describe how a qualitative data collection method you would utilize and the time of day you would collect the data.  Provide reasons for both the method and the time of day you would collect the data (minimum two paragraphs)

3. What consistent prompts would you respond to in order to obtain consistent qualitative data? (minimum one paragraph)

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