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  • 1. Action Research Proposal Nicole L. Holmes EDD/581 March 3, 2014 Scott Benson Action Research Proposal1

2. CREATING EFFECTIVE USHER COMMUNICATION Action Research Proposal2 3. Problem StatementThe problem is the members of the Ephesus Usher Board (EUB) are unable to effectively communicate across a large room without leaving their post. Upon narrowing of the problem a intervention will be implemented.Action Research Proposal3 4. Problem Description 1. The EUB has established hand signals to communicate between members while they are on their post. It appears that members are not fully aware of these signals. This is normally evident in the fact that they come off of their post to communicate information that could have been signaled.Action Research Proposal4 5. Problem Descriptioncontinued2. This is a problem because when the member removes himself or herself from the post it can cause disruption in the service or even present security issues. 3. Leadership has realized the problem but often has to spend time working on other items that need to be addressed during monthly meetings.Action Research Proposal5 6. Purpose of the ProjectThe purpose of this project is to equip the EUB members with the tools necessary to communicate in any situation (prayer, concert or dismissal) and not have to leave their post.Action Research Proposal6 7. Writers Role The writer is a member of EUB and has encountered problems communication with other members. The topic was chosen because the writer desires to help make the process of ushering easier for everyone. The writer believes once an intervention is implemented the activity of ushering will be more effective for the church. In addition there will be less frustration among the ushers. Action Research Proposal7 8. Problem Documentation Researcher Notes: The researcher has noted on at least five times in the past six months ushers leaving their post to communicate information that could have been communicated manually. Subject C left post passed two ushers to get fans. Subject S & C let people enter without first locating seats during a service that is in session. Subject V using communication system indicated she needed to be relieved of post but she needed programs for the choir loft. Team Lead J indicated to Subject K & R that it was time to leave their post. Only Subject R realized that it was time to move, though both appeared to be looking at the Team Lead.Action Research Proposal8 9. Problem Documentation Researchers Notes - continued February 1, 2014: D. Jones, Regional Usher Federation President, during a surprise inspection, observed two instances where hand signals were not used to communicate necessary information. October 2013 signal review, only a few members participated.Action Research Proposal9 10. Problem DocumentationcontinuedUsher Hand Signal Survey Complete this section by checking the box closest to your response:Strongly AgreeAgreeNeither Agree or DisagreeDisagreeStrongly Disagree1.I know what to do if I am unable to get the Lead Ushers attention.2.I feel all the members of my team have a good understanding of the hand signal protocol.3.I can always communicate with my team members without leaving my post.4.I have received enough training to effectively communicate with my team members.5.I understand all the hand signals used to communicate when I am on my post.6.I think the members of the Usher Board could benefit from additional training in using hand signals to communicate.Action Research Proposal10 11. Problem Documentationcontinued1. Have you ever had an experience while ushering that required additional assistance from the Lead Usher? Yes No2. This signal means: Need help Need one seat Need information Need bulletin3. Which signal would you use to let the Lead Usher know you needed to leave your post?4. List two actions you would like to be able to communicate without leaving your post.Action Research Proposal11 12. Problem Documentationcontinued The membership of EUB consist of approximately 30 members. The hope of the researcher is to get 95% participation from the membership. The participants will be broken up into two groups. The first group will receive training via the traditional way face to face. The member in this group will be from weeks one and three. The second group will receive training via online training. The member of this group will come for weeks two and four.Action Research Proposal12 13. Problem Documentationcontinued The division of the groups by weeks makes it easier to evaluate the communication of the group as a whole instead of breaking them up and evaluating each individual. This division will also provide feedback from members with different terms of service. The EUB is part of a larger regional group and final results will be sent to the organization for further review.Action Research Proposal13 14. Literature Review Authors of the studyTitle of the studyPurpose of the studyFrank Caccamise Robert Ayers Karen Finch Marilyn MitchelSigns and Manual Communication FormsExamine the use of signs and manual communication in a hearing classroom.ConsistencyNancy Scheetz Phillip GunterOnline Versus Traditional Classroom Delivery of a Course in Manual CommunicationDetermine the effectiveness of Online education to assist with teacher shortage in manual communication areaEach delivery method is almost comparable. One small difference that is probably sited to the actually time spent in class training.Action Research ProposalPertinent findings that support your projectNeed to stay current Importance of training14 15. Literature Review Authors of the study Gerald BuissonWilliam VicarsTitle of the studyPurpose of the studyPertinent findings that support your projectUsing Online Glossing Lessons for Accelerated Instruction in ASL for Preservice Deaf Education MajorsIncrease student ASL knowledge outside the classroom with glossing, or translation activities onlinePre-test administeredASL online: The design and implementation of a web-based American sign language courseDetermine the best way to design an online course in ASLNeed for two way communication between learner and instructorImprovement seen Online good for theory and practice, missing face to face usage.Success based on motivation to learn Importance of determining usable website Current technology is needed for such a program. Need to make sure it is being used.Action Research Proposal15 16. Literature Review Authors of the study Phillip HubbardTrudde Heift Ann RimrottTitle of the studyPurpose of the studyMaking a case for learner training in technology enhanced language learning environmentsHow to bring the different levels of computer literacy in online learning to a point of where all can benefit from the course.Most important part of technology training is what the learner does with the given technology.Task-Related Variation in ComputerAssisted Language LearningWill the level of knowledge change with the addition of form-focus or meaning-focus activitiesImmediate feedback importantAction Research ProposalPertinent findings that support your projectLearners will gravitate to areas where they determine they are most successfulGiven an opportunity learner may avoid activities they find difficult. In open-ended activities this may be seen. Task selected whether open or closed activates should be structured so that the intended activity is taught and tested.16 17. Literature Review Authors of the study Shenggao Wang Camilla VazquezTitle of the study Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning: What does the research tell us?Purpose of the study Benefits and Limitation of using Web 2.0 for second language learningPertinent findings that support your project Benefits Comfortable learning environment Increased collaboration Increased use of target language Adult learners seem more open to pedagogy learning style Disadvantage Open environment for students who may wish for more private submission of assignments.Simona Gabureau Irina VasilescuLearning task and feedback in computer-assisted educational situations. New Challenges for teachers as 21st century professionalsDetermine factors needed in CALL task assignmentImportant features in task selection Language learning potential Meaning focus Learner fit Authenticity Positive impact PracticalityAction Research Proposal17 18. Action GoalThe goal of this intervention is to increase the effective use of signaling among EUB members in their endeavor to communicate across a large area. The intervention will be online course in the use and purpose of signaling. The instruction will include text, visuals and videos (Vicars, 2003) to demonstrate proper use of the system.Action Research Proposal18 19. Selected Solutions EUB members will participate in a two week online class to help them learn to utilize the signaling system. Day 1-3 the class will cover signals used by the weekly team lead to communicate. Days 4-7 will be signals each individual usher will use to communicate with the team usher. Days 8-10 will be signals each individual usher will use to communicate with each other Days 11-12 will be review Day 14 will be an exam and course exit survey. Exact videos, graphics and assessment have not been included. They will be based on information in the preliminary survey.Action Research Proposal19 20. Selected Solutions An online library will be developed that will contain videos and graphical representations of the signaling process (Vicars, 2003). Included in the library will also be the EUB Handbook. A quick reference guide will be made available at the end of the course. To encourage participation a $20 gift certificate will be given for successful completion of the course. Additional time may be required for the course if additional classes are offered.Action Research Proposal20 21. Selected Solutions Successful completion is a 80% correct use of sign