Preparing Your Article
Articles should not exceed 5,000 words and/or 20 pages (without references), must be written according to APA 6th guidelines, and should include the following (or similar sections):
What is the paper about?
In what context was the study performed?
What is the question/problem/ issue that you are researching?
Why do you want to do this?
What is already known about this area? (Briefly describe a few related studies)
What did you do? Describe in enough detail to allow someone else to do it.
What data did you collect?
How did you analyze the data?
What does the data tell you?
How can others use this information?
What are your plans from here?
References & Resources
Who did you cite in the paper?
Are there related resources that you would like to share?
This quote from Pine (2009) may be helpful in understanding the scope of the journal.
“A good research question leads to taking an action, to trying something out, to improving a teaching/learning situation, to implementing actions that can make a difference in the lives of students. “No action without research—no research without action.” Even in those situations in which the goal of the research is to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of a student, such as in a case study or a descriptive review, it is assumed that the ultimate goal of such acquired knowledge and understanding is the improvement of one’s teaching or the advancement of student learning and/or development.” Page 239
Pine, G. J. (2009). Teacher action research: Building knowledge democracies. Sage
Additional Information for Research Course Instructors
While JTAR welcomes submissions from students doing action research as a part of a course, please consider the following as you work with your students.