Improving Schools Through Action Research : A Comprehensive Guide for Educators

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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 Editionp. v
Preface to the First Editionp. vi
Research Methods in Educationp. 1
Ways Research Advances Knowledge About Educationp. 1
The Origin of Action Researchp. 5
The Action Research Processp. 8
Types Of Action Researchp. 9
The Importance of Action Research for Improving Schoolsp. 10
Becoming Familiar with the Language and Process of Action Researchp. 13
Summaryp. 14
Additional Reading Materialsp. 14
Action Research Resourcesp. 14
Generating Research Ideas Through Reflectionp. 23
Reflection: Its History and Definitionsp. 25
Types of Reflectionp. 25
Reflection in Action Researchp. 29
Reflecting to Identify a Research Focusp. 30
Reflective Journalsp. 33
Summaryp. 36
Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literaturep. 37
Reviewing Literature as a Professional, Intellectual Activityp. 38
Sources of Topic-Specific Literaturep. 39
Searching for Literature to Reviewp. 41
Choosing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing Reviewed Literature for Action Research Studiesp. 49
Organizing and Writing the Literature Reviewp. 52
Summaryp. 59
Initial Planning of the Action Research Studyp. 67
Articulating Research Questionsp. 67
Planning the Interventionp. 71
Summaryp. 78
Strategies for Collecting Datap. 79
Collecting Multiple Forms of Data to Establish Credibility and Validityp. 79
Methods of Data Collection: Artifacts, Observational Data, and Inquiry Datap. 81
The Importance of Collecting Baseline Datap. 106
Aligning Data Collection Strategies with Research Questionsp. 107
Summaryp. 109
Final Planning Before Implementation of the Studyp. 111
Definitions of Validityp. 111
Determining Ways to Increase Validityp. 112
Ethical Guidelines for Action Research Studiesp. 117
Engaging in Continuous, Ongoing Reflective Planning Throughout the Studyp. 121
Creating a Timeline for the Projectp. 122
Summaryp. 124
Strategies for Data Analysisp. 127
Interim Data Analysisp. 127
Using Software Packages to Analyze Large Amounts of Datap. 128
Analysis of Quantitative Data: Reporting, Comparing, and Displayingp. 129
Analysis of Qualitative Data: Looking for Themes and Patternsp. 143
Triangulating Data Sources and Drawing Conclusions from Datap. 155
Summaryp. 158
Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Reportp. 159
Guidelines for Writing the Final Action Research Reportp. 159
Disseminating Action Research Findingsp. 165
Other Ways to Write Up Researchp. 169
Concluding Commentsp. 170
Action Research Articlesp. 171
Referencesp. 209
Indexp. 213
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