Florida Reading Association
Marilyn F. Sharp Classroom Action Research Award
The Florida Reading Association (FRA) is interested
in stimulating teacher-conducted classroom research throughout the state of
Florida. To accomplish this goal, FRA awards grants of up to $500 for research
projects conducted by full-time classroom teachers employed in public or private
schools in the state of Florida.
The award covers non-salary expenses connected with
the classroom teacher’s research project. Teachers may apply for a research
grant at any time by submitting a typewritten PROPOSAL FOR RESEARCH. The guidelines
for preparing this proposal are listed below.
a digital copies (or email MS Word
or RTF format) of the Classroom Action Research
Proposal to the
Studies & Research Committee Chairperson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
as listed in The
Florida Reading Quarterly (Winter issue) of the FRA
Directory, or at www.FLReads.org.
Studies and Research Committee review proposals. Proposals received by August 1
will be considered for award by September 30. Proposals received by January 1
will be considered for award by February 28. Researchers will be notified of the
action taken on their proposals. A report of progress will be due to FRA Studies
and Research Committee by March 1 for September awards and September 1 for
January awards. Upon completion of the
project submit a Final Report to the Studies and Research Committee.
Recipients of awards will submit a brief report
of their research for possible publication in The Florida Reading Quarterly
and will be given an opportunity to present their findings at the Studies and
Research Symposium at the Annual Conference of the Florida Reading Association.
The award winners will be presented with a plaque at the FRA Annual Conference.
Research grants are awarded according to the following
schedule of payment:
60% of request upon approval of the proposal,
40% of request upon submission of the final written report.
Final distribution of funds must be requested within one year from the initiation
or implementation date.
Action Research Style Guide
Action Research Proposal Format
- Name, address, phone number, and email of researcher(s).
- Name, address, and phone number of the school where employed.
- Designated teaching assignment.
- Title of research project.
- Purpose of research project. This is a brief statement explaining the
question that will be answered by the research study. Researchers should
elaborate upon what brought this question to their attention.
- Materials to be used in the study (instructional materials, test, or
- Teaching and testing procedures to be followed. (This is a step-by-step
presentation of what will be done. Be sure to number each step and carefully
and completely explain procedures.)
- Testing procedures for results. (This is an explanation of how the
differences will be tested or observed by the researcher.)
- Projected budget with a brief summary and list of expenditures.
- Anticipated completion date.
- A letter from the researchers principal granting permission to do the
research (REQUIRED). Other supporting letters as the researcher deems
necessary may also be attached.
- Plans for dissemination of results in addition to the award agreements
noted in the flyer.
Action Research Final Report
- 1. Title of research Project
- 2. Name, school, email address, and contact number
- 3. Focus Statement: (Introduction/Purpose)
- 4. Literature Review
- 5. Variables of this Research:
- 6. Research Questions:
- 7. Approach:
- 8. Negotiations/Collaboration:
- 9. Timeline:
- 10. Data Collection:
- 11. Data Analysis interpretation:
- 12. Action Plan that has emerged from your research: (Future/Next)
- 13. My reaction of doing this Action Research project:
- 14. Networking/ Dissemination:
- 15. Supporting Documents: (Appendix)