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This brief, user-friendly text provides everything a pre-service or in-service educator needs to know to follow the research cycle and conduct an action research project.Key Benefit: Guides students through the action research processKey Topics: Processes used in planning and conduction an action research project. Market:Pre-service and in-service teachers at all levels.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the Second Edition||p. v|
|Preface to the First Edition||p. vi|
|Research Methods in Education||p. 1|
|Ways Research Advances Knowledge About Education||p. 1|
|The Origin of Action Research||p. 5|
|The Action Research Process||p. 8|
|Types Of Action Research||p. 9|
|The Importance of Action Research for Improving Schools||p. 10|
|Becoming Familiar with the Language and Process of Action Research||p. 13|
|Additional Reading Materials||p. 14|
|Action Research Resources||p. 14|
|Generating Research Ideas Through Reflection||p. 23|
|Reflection: Its History and Definitions||p. 25|
|Types of Reflection||p. 25|
|Reflection in Action Research||p. 29|
|Reflecting to Identify a Research Focus||p. 30|
|Reflective Journals||p. 33|
|Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature||p. 37|
|Reviewing Literature as a Professional, Intellectual Activity||p. 38|
|Sources of Topic-Specific Literature||p. 39|
|Searching for Literature to Review||p. 41|
|Choosing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing Reviewed Literature for Action Research Studies||p. 49|
|Organizing and Writing the Literature Review||p. 52|
|Initial Planning of the Action Research Study||p. 67|
|Articulating Research Questions||p. 67|
|Planning the Intervention||p. 71|
|Strategies for Collecting Data||p. 79|
|Collecting Multiple Forms of Data to Establish Credibility and Validity||p. 79|
|Methods of Data Collection: Artifacts, Observational Data, and Inquiry Data||p. 81|
|The Importance of Collecting Baseline Data||p. 106|
|Aligning Data Collection Strategies with Research Questions||p. 107|
|Final Planning Before Implementation of the Study||p. 111|
|Definitions of Validity||p. 111|
|Determining Ways to Increase Validity||p. 112|
|Ethical Guidelines for Action Research Studies||p. 117|
|Engaging in Continuous, Ongoing Reflective Planning Throughout the Study||p. 121|
|Creating a Timeline for the Project||p. 122|
|Strategies for Data Analysis||p. 127|
|Interim Data Analysis||p. 127|
|Using Software Packages to Analyze Large Amounts of Data||p. 128|
|Analysis of Quantitative Data: Reporting, Comparing, and Displaying||p. 129|
|Analysis of Qualitative Data: Looking for Themes and Patterns||p. 143|
|Triangulating Data Sources and Drawing Conclusions from Data||p. 155|
|Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report||p. 159|
|Guidelines for Writing the Final Action Research Report||p. 159|
|Disseminating Action Research Findings||p. 165|
|Other Ways to Write Up Research||p. 169|
|Concluding Comments||p. 170|
|Action Research Articles||p. 171|
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