Improving Schools Through Action Research A Comprehensive Guide for Educators

ISBN-10: 0205578462
ISBN-13: 9780205578467
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Cher Hendricks
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Book details

List price: $55.40
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This brief,nbsp;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:nbsp;Guides students through the action research processKey Topics:nbsp;Processes used in planning and conduction an action research project. Market:Pre-service and in-service teachers at all levels.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
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
Summary
Additional Reading Materials
Action Research Resources
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
Summary
Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature
Reviewing 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
Summary
Initial Planning of the Action Research Study
Articulating Research Questions
Planning the Intervention
Summary
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
Summary
Final Planning Before Implementation of the Study
Definitions of Validity
Determining Ways to Increase Validity
Ethical Guidelines for Action Research Studies
Engaging in Continuous, Ongoing Reflective Planning Throughout the Study
Creating a Timeline for the Project
Summary
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 and Drawing Conclusions from Data
Summary
Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report
Guidelines for Writing the Final Action Research Report
Disseminating Action Research Findings
Other Ways to Write Up Research
Concluding Comments
Action Research Articles
References
Index

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