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Action Research Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom

ISBN-10: 0761928448
ISBN-13: 9780761928447
Edition: 2006
Authors: Craig A. Mertler
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Description: Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom introduces practicing teachers to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. The practical nature of the book stems from the fact that it focuses on research methods and  More...

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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom introduces practicing teachers to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. The practical nature of the book stems from the fact that it focuses on research methods and procedures that teachers can use in conjunction with their everyday instructional practices and activities in classrooms. An overview of traditional educational research is followed by detailed, practical information describing each step for teachers as they design and conduct their own applied, classroom-based research projects. Although based on the research literature, the book takes a very practical approach, never losing sight of its intended audience -- practicing educators. Key Features Includes numerous concrete examples on important topics such as data collection instruments and presentations of research results Integrates two detailed and practically-based action research case studies throughout the book Provides sections within each chapter with related Web sites, highlighted concepts, summaries, questions and activities, glossary, and a sample syllabusnbsp; nbsp; The practical and applied approach of Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom will benefit students enrolled in graduate courses in Action Research, Research Methods in Education, Qualitative Research Methods, Principalship, and Superintendency.

Gene Deszca is Professor of Business Administration, a former MBA Director, and is currently the Associate MBA Director in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has held a number of leadership roles at Laurier, including ones involving the development and launch of the full-time, one year MBA program, the executive MBA program, and the international concentration. He was instrumental in the development of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada's post-university professional accreditation programs and is a member of their national Board of Directors.Gene is the author or coauthor over 100 journal, conference publications/presentations, books, monographs, and technical papers. These include the books Canadian Cases in Human Resource Management, and Cases in Organizational Behaviour and the articles Driving Loyalty Through Time-to-Value, and Managing the New Product Development Process: Best-in-Class Principles and Leading Practices. His current research and consulting activity focuses on organizational change and the development of high performance enterprises.C raig A. Mertler is currently a Professor and Dean of the Ross College of Education at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.nbsp; He has been an educator for 28 years, 18 of those in higher education.nbsp; He teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development, and also teaches quantitative research methods, introductory statistical analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, and educational assessment methods. He is the author of 15 books, four invited book chapters, 17 refereed journal articles, two instructors' manuals, and numerous nonrefereed articles and manuscripts. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research and on the broad topic of classroom assessment. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, professional learning communities, and classroom teachers' assessment literacy. Before teaching and researching at the university level, he taught high school biology and earth science, and also coached track and volleyball. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf.

Preface
Introduction to Action Research
Overview of the Action Research Process
Planning for Action Research
Developing a Research Plan
Collecting Data
Analyzing Data
Developing an Action Plan
Sharing and Reflecting
Writing Up Action Research
Sample Action Research Report: Effect of Technology on Enthusiasm for Learning Science
Sample Action Research Report: What Patterns of Teacher-Student Verbal Communication Exist in My Classroom?
Glossary
References
Index

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