The resulting project was “What Difference Does Instruction Make?” I asked students to collect data on their students, record the nature of instruction given, and then collect data following the instruction. They were to analyze the differences between the pre- and post-instruction data. The project was made flexible to accommodate the variety of field placements they could experience, so they could do their project on a single student, on a small group, or on the whole class. The instruction in the project could be on any topic and did not have to be taught by the student him or herself; the instruction could take place across minutes, hours, days, or weeks. The data collected could be systematic quantitative or qualitative (or, ideally, both).
"Rethinking Education from First Principles,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 27.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol7/iss1/27