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Short Guide to Action Research, A

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780205412532

ISBN10:
020541253X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon

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Summary

This compact, user-friENDly text provides readers with everything a pre-service or in-service teacher needs to know about conducting an action research project in a clear, step-by-step format. A Short Guide in Action Research, Second EDITION, guides the learner through the comprehension and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative techniques in educational research methods and then describes all phases of the process, including selecting a topic; collecting, analyzing, and reporting data; reviewing the literature; and presenting the report. Data collection techniques reflecting popular authentic assessments and real-life examples enliven concepts throughout the text. This user friENDly, practical text provides readers with the skills they need and the steps to take for conducting accurate action research. Provides readers information on Action Research with an emphasis on collecting, analyzing, writing and reporting action research. Pre-service and in-service teachers and researchers.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Author xiii
SECTION I RATIONALE 1(46)
CHAPTER ONE Science, Research, and Teaching
3(10)
SCIENCE
3(2)
RESEARCH
5(4)
TEACHING
9(1)
SUMMARY
10(3)
CHAPTER TWO Research Paradigms and the Nature of Reality
13(8)
METAPHYSICAL PERSPECTIVES
13(3)
IMPLICATIONS
16(2)
SUMMARY
18(3)
CHAPTER THREE Introduction to Action Research
21(8)
RESEARCH IN ACTION
21(4)
THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTION RESEARCH
25(2)
SUMMARY
27(2)
CHAPTER FOUR Using Action Research for Solving Problems
29(8)
FINDING THE PROBLEM
29(1)
FINDING SOLUTIONS
29(2)
TESTING THE SOLUTION
31(1)
AN EXAMPLE OF ACTION RESEARCH AND PROBLEM SOLVING
31(3)
SUMMARY
34(3)
CHAPTER FIVE Strategies for Professional Growth: Preservice and Inservice Teachers
37(10)
PRESERVICE TEACHERS: A TOOL FOR SEEING
37(5)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS
42(2)
ACTION RESEARCH AND THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS
44(1)
SUMMARY
45(2)
SECTION II THE PROCESS 47(66)
CHAPTER SIX The Beginning
49(6)
AN OVERVIEW OF THE ACTION RESEARCH PROCESS
49(2)
FINDING YOUR RESEARCH TOPIC
51(2)
SUMMARY
53(2)
CHAPTER SEVEN A Theoretical Context
55(6)
REVIEWING THE LITERATURE
55(1)
SOURCES FOR THE LITERATURE REVIEW
55(2)
SAMPLE LITERATURE REVIEWS
57(3)
SUMMARY
60(1)
CHAPTER EIGHT Methods of Collecting Data
61(20)
DATA COLLECTION
61(1)
TYPES OF DATA COLLECTION IN ACTION RESEARCH
62(18)
SUMMARY
80(1)
CHAPTER NINE Methods of Analyzing Data
81(12)
ACCURACY AND CREDIBILITY: THIS IS WHAT IS
81(1)
VALIDITY, RELIABILITY, AND TRIANGULATION
82(1)
INDUCTIVE ANALYSIS
83(8)
SUMMARY
91(2)
CHAPTER TEN Quantitative Design in Action Research
93(10)
CORRELATIONAL RESEARCH
93(2)
CAUSAL-COMPARATIVE RESEARCH
95(1)
QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH
96(3)
THE FUNCTION OF STATISTICS
99(2)
SUMMARY
101(2)
CHAPTER ELEVEN Discussion: Your Plan of Action
103(10)
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
103(4)
EVALUATION OF THE STUDY
107(1)
DESIGNING A NEW PLAN OR PROGRAM
108(2)
SUMMARY
110(3)
SECTION III SAMPLES 113(28)
CHAPTER TWELVE Sample Action Research Projects
115(26)
WORD
139(2)
SECTION IV WRITING AND REPORTING ACTION RESEARCH 141(46)
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Presenting Your Action Research
143(6)
THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
143(2)
THE PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT
145(2)
LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
147(1)
SUMMARY
147(2)
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Writing an Action Research Report
149(6)
TONE AND STYLE
149(2)
LENGTH
151(1)
CLARITY
151(1)
HEADINGS
152(2)
SUMMARY
154(1)
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Action Research as Master's Thesis
155(6)
BEFORE YOU START
155(1)
THE ACTION RESEARCH THESIS
156(4)
THE LAST WORD
160(1)
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Literature Review
161(8)
A THEORETICAL CONTEXT
161(4)
A SAMPLE LITERATURE REVIEW
165(2)
THE REFERENCE PAGE
167(1)
SUMMARY
168(1)
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Findings: Reporting Qualitative Data
169(10)
PRESENTING QUALITATIVE DATA
169(2)
THE IMPORTANCE OF STRUCTURE
171(3)
CASE STUDIES OR REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLES
174(3)
APPENDICES
177(1)
SUMMARY
177(2)
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Findings: Reporting Quantitative Data Using Tables, Figures, and Graphs
179(8)
QUANTIFYING REALITY
179(3)
TABLES
182(2)
FIGURES
184(1)
SUMMARY
184(3)
EPILOGUE 187(2)
Appendix A: Belief and Facts 189(1)
Appendix B: Facts and Belief 190(1)
Appendix C: Effective and Less Effective 191(1)
Appendix D: Plan to Investigate 192(1)
Appendix E: Creative Problem Solving 193(1)
Appendix F: Means-End Analysis 194(1)
Appendix G: Checklist for Small-Group Conferences 195(1)
Appendix H: Product and Performance Assessment Form 196(1)
Appendix I: Writing Assessment Form 197(1)
Appendix J: Checklist for Independent Research Projects 198(1)
References 199


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