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Action Research Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

ISBN-10: 1452244421
ISBN-13: 9781452244426
Edition: 4th 2014
Authors: Craig A. Mertler
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List price: $65.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.37" wide x 9.12" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408

This 4th Edition of Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. The book’s practicality stems from its focus on research methods and procedures that educators can use with their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures.In this new fourth edition, Craig Mertler has added coverage of high interest topics like teacher empowerment and evaluation, Google Scholar, mixed-methods research designs, ethics and much more. The new edition also contains additional pedagogical tools such as Action Research Checklists, a new action research report in Appendix A, and six new develpomental templates in Appendix C.

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
Acknowledgments
About the Author
"What is Action Research?"
Introduction to Action Research
Organizer
What Is Action Research?
Introduction to Educational Research
Overview of Educational Research
Overview of Action Research
Models of Action Research
Characteristics of Action Research: What It Is and What It Is Not
The Importance of Action Research
Connecting Theory to Practice
Improvement of Educational Practice
Connection to School Improvement
Teacher Empowerment and Intellectual Engagement
Professional Growth
Applications of Action Research
Identifying Problems
Developing and Testing Solutions
Preservice Teacher Education
In-Service Professional Growth
"Rigor" in Action Research
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Contributing to Widespread School Improvement
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Collaborating for the Improvement of Educational Practice
Action Research Checklist 1: Action Research as a Part of Your Professional Practice
Related Websites: What Is Action Research?
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
Overview of the Action Research Process
Organizer
Identifying and Limiting the Topic
Gathering Information
Reviewing the Related Literature
Developing a Research Plan
Implementing the Plan and Collecting Data
Analyzing the Data
Developing an Action Plan
Sharing and Communicating the Results
Reflecting on the Process
A Brief Example
Identifying and Limiting the Topic
Gathering Information
Reviewing the Related Literature
Developing a Research Plan
Implementing the Plan and Collecting Data
Analyzing the Data
Developing an Action Plan
Sharing and Communicating the Results
Reflecting on the Process
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Outlining the Action Research Process
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Outlining the Action Research Process
Action Research Checklist 2: The Action Research Process
Related Websites: The Action Research Process
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
"How Do I Begin My Action Research Study?"
Planning for Action Research
Organizer
Identifying a Topic for Research
Preliminary Considerations
Limiting a Topic
Gathering Preliminary Information
Reviewing the Related Literature
Sources for Related Literature
Searching the ERIC Database Online
Searching Google Scholar
Writing a Literature Review
Writing Up Action Research: Topics and Literature Reviews
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Planning for Action Research
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Planning for Action Research
Action Research Checklist 3: Planning for Action Research
Related Websites: Sources for Research Topics and Related Information
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
Developing a Research Plan
Organizer
Research Questions
Basic Research Designs
Qualitative Research Designs
Case Studies
Observational Case Studies
Observational Studies
Constant Comparative Method
Quantitative Research Designs
Descriptive Designs
Correlational Designs
Group Comparison Designs
Mixed-Methods Research Designs
Explanatory Mixed-Methods Designs
Exploratory Mixed-Methods Designs
Triangulation Mixed-Methods Designs
Ethical Considerations in Your Research
Getting Organized for Your Research
Writing Up Action Research: The Research Plan
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Developing a Research Plan for the Study
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Developing a Research Plan for the Study
Action Research Checklist 4: Developing a Research Plan for Conducting Action Research
Related Websites: Research Questions and Research Designs
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
"What Do I Do with All these Data?"
Collecting Data
Organizer
Qualitative Data Collection Techniques
Observations
Interviews
Journals
Existing Documents and Records
Reflective Teaching
Characteristics of Qualitative Data: Accuracy, Credibility, and Dependability
Quantitative Data Collection Techniques
Surveys, Questionnaires, and Rating Scales
Checklists
Formative and Summative Classroom Assessments
Standardized Test Scores
Characteristics of Quantitative Data: Validity and Reliability
Notes about Ethics and Data Collection
Writing Up Action Research: Data Collection Methods
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Developing a Plan and Collecting Data
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Developing a Plan and Collecting Data
Action Research Checklist 5: Developing a Data Collection Plan for Action Research
Related Websites: Advice and Guidelines About Data Collection
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
Analyzing Data
Organizer
Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques
Inductive Analysis
Using Computer Software to Assist With Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis Techniques
Using Descriptive Statistics
Using Inferential Statistics
A Note About "Analyzing" Standardized Test Data
Using Computer Software to Assist with Statistical Analysis
A Note About Mixed-Methods Data Analysis
Reporting the Results of Data Analysis
Guidelines for Reporting the Results of Qualitative Data Analysis
Guidelines for Reporting the Results of Quantitative Data Analysis
Writing Up Action Research: Data Analysis
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Analyzing Data
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Analyzing Data
Action Research Checklist 6: Analyzing Data in Action Research
Related Websites: Guidelines and Resources for Data Analysis
Software Programs for Analyzing Qualitative Data
Software Programs for Analyzing Quantitative Data
Software Programs for Analyzing Mixed-Methods Data
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
"I've Got Results! … Now What?"
Next Steps and Future Cycles: Developing an Action Plan
Organizer
Developing Action Plans
Levels of Action Plans
Individual
Team
School-Level or Districtwide
Action Planning: A Time for Reflection
Writing Up Action Research: Action Plans
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Action Planning for Practice and Future Cycles of Action Research
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Action Planning for Practice and Future Cycles of Action Research
Action Research Checklist 7: Action Planning for Practice and Future Cycles of Action Research
Related Website: Action Plans
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
Writing an Action Research Report
Organizer
Conventions of Academic Writing
Titles of Reports
Person and Voice
Tense
Tentative Versus Definitive Statements
Clarity
Consistency
Simplicity of Language
Conventions of Format
A Word About Ethics When Writing Research Reports
Practical Guidelines for Writing
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Writing the Action Research Report
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Writing the Action Research Report
Action Research Checklist 8: Writing an Action Research Report
Related Websites: Writing Action Research Reports
Still More Examples of Action Research Reports
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
Sharing and Reflecting
Organizer
Communicating the Results of Action Research
Locally
Action Research Communities
Professional Conferences
District-Level Action Research Conferences
Academic Journals
Sharing Results Electronically
A Word About Ethics When Sharing the Results of Action Research
Reflecting on the Action Research Process
Writing Up Action Research: Reflecting on Research
Action Research Portrait 1: Improving Reading Comprehension in a Title I Program: Sharing the Results of Action Research
Action Research Portrait 2: Conceptual Understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis: Sharing the Results of Action Research
Action Research Checklist 9: Sharing and Disseminating the Results of Action Research
Related Websites: Communication and Discussion About Action Research
Action Research Websites
Action Research Electronic Journals
Action Research Electronic Mailing Lists
Summary
Questions and Activities
Student Study Site
Sample Action Research Report: Too Loquacious to Be Communicative: In Search of Opportunities for Comprehensible Output
Sample Action Research Report: Meditations on Motivation: Collaborative Teacher Action Research 2000-01
Action Research Developmental Templates
Glossary
References
Index

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