Using Action Research to Improve Instruction An Interactive Guide for Teachers

ISBN-10: 0415991749
ISBN-13: 9780415991742
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
An Introduction to Action Research
What is Educational Research?
What is Action Research?
Creating a Research Persona
Plan, Collect Data, Analyze, and Reflect
Research Ethics
Summary
Planning an Action Research Project
Introduction
Formulating a Research Question
Searching for a Strategy
Searching the Educational Literature
Selecting the Methods
Summary
Making Observations
Observing Students and Their Work
Introduction
Making Careful Observations
Steps in Observational Research
Observing Students
Using Checklists
Analyzing Student Work
Analyzing Student Talk
Summary
Observing Teachers
Introduction
Steps in Observing Teachers
Open-Ended Observations
Using Checklists
Analyzing Audiotapes, Videotapes, or Verbatim Transcripts
Summary
Gathering Perceptions
Using Surveys in Action Research
Introduction
Steps in Survey Research
Plan
Collect Data
Analyze
Reflect
Summary
Using Interviews in Action Research
Introduction
Steps in Conducting an Interview
Types of Interviews
Determining Your Research Question
Selecting Participants
Writing Interview Questions
Preparation for the Interview
Conducting the Interview
Analyzing the Interview Data
Summary
Analyzing Test Results
Standardized Test Analysis
Introduction
Steps in Analyzing Standardized Tests
Comparing to the Norm (by Individual)
Comparing to the Norm (by Class, Grade Level, Building, or District)
Disaggregating Data
Analyzing Trends
Mixed Analysis
Correlating Data
Summary
Pre- and Post-Tests
Introduction
Steps in Comparing Pre- and Post-Tests
Comparing Pre- and Post-Tests
Comparing Subgroups
Individual Adaptations
Evaluating Teaching Strategies
Developing New Teaching Strategies
Deciding on a Research Question
Summary
Talking and Writing about Action Research
Collaborating on Action Research
Introduction
Establishing Group Norms
Managing Time
Choosing Your Data
Structuring the Discussion
Summary
Reading and Writing Action Research
Introduction
Plan: Purpose Section
Plan: Participants and Setting
Plan: Source of Data
Data Collection
Findings
Reflection
Summary
Action Research Report Example
Sample Answers and Discussion Guide
Further Reading
References
Index

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