Improving Schools Through Action Research : A Comprehensive Guide for Educators

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Chapter Activities
Research Methods in Education
Ways Research Advances Knowledge about Education
The Origin of Action Research
The Action Research Process
Types of Action Research
The Importance of Action Research for Improving Schools
Becoming Familiar with the Language and Process of Action Research
Generating Research Ideas through Reflection
Reflection: Its History and Definitions
Types of Reflection
Reflection in Action Research
Reflecting to Identify a Research Focus
Reflective Journals
Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature
Reviewing the Literature as a Professional, Intellectual Activity
Sources of Topic-specific Literature
Searching for Literature to Review
Choosing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing Reviewed Literature for Action Research Studies
Organizing and Writing the Literature Review
Initial Planning of the Action Research Study
Articulating Research Questions
Planning the Intervention
Strategies for Collecting Data
Collecting Multiple Forms of Data to Establish Credibility and Validity
Methods of Data Collection: Artifacts, Observational Data, and Inquiry Data
The Importance of Collecting Baseline Data
Aligning Data Collection Strategies with Research Questions
Final Planning before the Implementation of the Study
Definitions of Validity
Determining Ways to Increase Validity
Ethical Guidelines for Action Research Studies
Engaging in Continuous, Ongoing Reflecting Planning throughout the Study
Creating a Timeline for the Project
Strategies for Data Analysis
Interim Data Analysis
Using Software Packages to Analyze Large Amounts of Data
Analysis of Quantitative Data: Reporting, Comparing, and Displaying
Analysis of Qualitative Data: Looking for Themes and Patterns
Triangulating Data Sources: Drawing Conclusions from Data
Supplementary Chapter: Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report
Guidelines for Writing the Final Action Research Report
Disseminating Action Research Findings
Concluding Comments
Conceptual Learning and Creative Problem Solving Using Cooperative Groups in Middle School Science Classes
The Influence of a Peer-Tutoring Training Model for Implementing Cooperative Groupings with Elementary Students
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