Action Research for School Leaders

ISBN-10: 0131381040
ISBN-13: 9780131381049
Edition: 2013
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List price: $41.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

In this authoritative, action-oriented guide, current and future school leaders, building administrators, and action research team members get the research skills they need to improve schools by increasing student achievement. With its focus on building-level action research,Action Research for School Leadersprovides readers with technical background and skills for reading and critiquing educational research, methods for applying current research and research methods, and a framework for conducting their own building-level action research for ongoing building improvement.

Preface
About the Authors
The Role of School Leaders in School Improvement-Past, Present, and Future
Past to Present
Leadership Matters
Bootstrap Data: Information That Helps
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activities
Using Research to Solve the Puzzle of School Improvement
School Administrators' Use of Research
Types of Research Administrators Encounter
Applied Research Versus Vendor-Based Research
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activities
Action Research and the Inquiry Process
What Is Level 1: Classroom-Level Action Research?
Action Research, Naturally
Steps in Level 1: Classroom-Level Action Research
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activities
School-Level Action Research
Steps in Conducting Level 2 School-Level Action Research
Identifying the School-Level Issue
Developing an Action Research Team
Types of Action Research Teams
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activities
Analyzing Data as an Action Research Team
How to Analyze Data as an Action Research Team
Three Main Data Points for Needs Assessment: An Overview
Analysis Techniques
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activities
Examining Past Research, and Reviewing and Critiquing Cause-Effect Experimental Research
Examining Past Research and Literature
Databases
Selecting from the Review of Literature
Full Text and HTML
The Action Research Team and the Review of Literature
Analyzing the Review of Literature
Creating a Literature Matrix
How to Critique Cause-Effect Research
Experimental Research
How Should Action Research Teams Critique Experimental Research?
Causal-Comparative Research
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Question
Activities
Critiquing and Applying Correlational and Survey Research
Correlational Research
Caution About Drawing Causality
The Correlational Coefficient
Types of Correlational Research
Statistical Significance
Using Correlational Research
Critiquing Correlational Research
Survey Research
How to Critique Survey Research
Survey Design and Development
Adapting and Adopting Instruments from Survey Studies
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Question
Activity
Critiquing and Applying Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research
Methods Used for Qualitative Research
Access to Subjects and Settings
Examples of Qualitative Research
Types of Qualitative Research
Using Qualitative Research
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Question
Activity
Gathering Data From Staff and Other Stakeholders
Gathering Feedback with the Survey
Why Feedback Is Needed
Methods for Gathering Feedback
The Survey and the School Administrator
Effects of a Poorly Constructed Staff Survey
Basic Components of a Survey
Tips for Writing Quality Items
Administering and Collecting the Survey
Methods for Administering Surveys
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activity
Step 2: Developing a Program for School Improvement
Developing Quality Programs and Initiatives
Aligning Need to Program Activities
Introduction of the Logic Models
Why Use a Logic Model?
Logic Model: Basic Building Blocks
Showing Change with a Logic Model
Using Logic Models
Using the Logic Model with Your Action Research Team
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activity
Step 4: Implementing the Program or Intervention With Fidelity
What Is Fidelity in Action Research?
Developing a Fidelity Checklist and Observational Protocol
Evaluating Professional Development
Evaluating the Fidelity of Professional Development
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activity
Step 5: Gathering and Analyzing Data
Gathering and Analyzing Standardized Data
Three Levels of Assessment Data
Different Types of Standardized Measures
How to Critique Standardized Measures
Confusing Reliability and Validity
Applying Different Types of Standardized Measures to Your Logic Model
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Question
Activity
Step 6: Reflecting and Making Modifications to the Plan
Reflecting on the Logic Model to Determine Success
Reflecting on Activities
Reflecting on Outputs
Reflecting on Intermediate Outcomes
Reflecting on End Outcomes
The Action Research Team and Making Modifications
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion/Reflection Questions
Activities
Case Study 1: Addressing High Teacher Turnover and Low Student Performance
Background and Personal Characteristics of a School Leader
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Your Turn...
Step 4
Your Turn, Again...
Case Study 2: Decreasing the Performance Gap Between General Education and Special Education Populations
Background and Personal Characteristics of a School Leader
Level of Preparedness
Forming the Action Research Team
Conducting the Data Analysis
Your Turn...
Case Study 3: Addressing Behavioral Problems and Low Student Performance
Background and Personal Characteristics of a School Leader
Level of Preparedness
Step 1
Step 2
Your Turn...
Case Study 4: Improving Low Ela Scores at the Elementary Level
School Leader
School District
Level of Preparedness
Step 1
Step 2
Your Turn...
References
Index

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