Short Guide to Action Research

ISBN-10: 0132685868

ISBN-13: 9780132685863

Edition: 4th 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Andrew P. Johnson

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List price: $76.80
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Publication date: 8/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Dr. Andy Johnson is Professor of Literacy at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he specialized in literacy instruction for students with special learning needs. Dr. Johnson is also the director of the Capstone Literacy Center where he works with students (children and adults) with severe reading disabilities.nbsp; He is the author of numerous books and publications related to literacy.

Science, Research, And Teaching
Science, Research, and Teaching
Science and Pseudoscience
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Quantitative or Qualitative?
What Scientists and Teachers Do
Using Research in Education: Theories, Hypotheses, and Paradigms, Oh My!
Theories and Hypotheses
Better Decision Makers
Introduction To Action Research
Research in Action
A Quick Overview of Action Research
Descriptors of Action Research
The Importance of Action Research
The Gap between Theory and Practice
Teacher Empowerment
Teacher Inservice and Professional Growth
Using Action Research For Solving Problems
Finding The Problem
Finding Solutions
Creative Problem Solving
Means-End Analysis
Problem-Solving Strategies in the Classroom
Testing the Solution
An Example Of Action Research And Problem Solving
Finding the Problem
Finding a Solution
Testing the Solution
Problem Solving And Instructional Improvement
The Beginning
An Overview Of The Action Research Process
Action Research Steps
Finding Your Research Topic
A Teaching Strategy
Identify a Problem
Examine an Area of Interest
Still Having Trouble Starting?
Reviewing The Literature
Reviewing The Literature
Sources For The Literature Review
Academic Journals
The Internet
How Many Sources?
Steps For A Literature Review
The Reference Page
A Sample Literature Review
Literature Review at the Beginning
A Literature Review at the End
Methods Of Collecting Data
Data Collection
Data Collection and Soil Samples
A Television Sports Analyst
Types Of Data Collection In Action Research
Log or Research Journal
Field Notes-Your Observations
Rating Checklist
Conferences and Interviews
Data Retrieval Charts
Artifacts: Students' Products or Performances
The Arts
Archival Data
Attitude and Rating Scales
Online Surveys and Rating Scales
Online Platforms and Class Journals
Methods Of Analyzing Data
Accuracy And Credibility: This Is What Is
Validity, Reliability, And Triangulation
Inductive Analysis
Larry, Moe, and Curly Help with Inductive Analysis
Case Studies or Representative Samples
Vision Quest
Defining and Describing Categories
The Next Month
Quantitative Design In Action Research
Correlational Research
Correlation Coefficient
Misusing Correlational Research
Negative Correlation
Making Predictions
Causal-Comparative Research
Whole Language in California
Quasi-Experimental Research
Quasi-Action Research
Pretest-Posttest Design
Pretest-Posttest Control Group Design
Time Series Design
Time Series Control Group Design
Equivalent Time-Sample Design
The Function Of Statistics
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Evaluating, Describing, And Proposing Research
Evaluating Research
Buyer Beware
Scientifically Based Research
Evaluating Quantitative Research
Independent and Dependent Variables
Confounding Variables
Common Confounding Variables
Evaluating Qualitative Research
Describing Research
Examples of Research Descriptions
An Action Research Proposal
Annie Oftedahl, Northfield, Minnesota
Ann Schmitz, Garden City Minnesota, Mankato District 77 Early Childhood Special Education
Reporting Findings In Action Research
Reporting Qualitative Data
Tips for Presenting Qualitative Data
The Importance Of Structure
Structure and Inductive Analysis
Using Headings to Create Structure
Using Subheadings to Create More Structure
Case Studies Or Representative Samples
It's Alive!
Reporting Quantitative Data
Using Numbers
Using Words
Reporting Arithmetic Data
Other Visuals
Discussion: Your Plan Of Action
Conclusions And Recommendations
Christina Stolfa, Nacogdoches, Texas
Jo Henriksen, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Cathy Stamps, Fifth Grade, Hopkins Elementary School
Delinda Whitley, Mt. Enterprise, Texas
Darlene Cempa, Whitney Point, NY
Implications Or Recommendations For Future Research
Morgan Chylinski, Jamesville, NY
Karen Randle, Trumansburg, New York
Evaluation Of The Study
Jim Vavreck, St. Peter, Minnesota
Staci Wilson, Irving, Texas
Designing A New Plan Or Program
Creating a New Plan or Program
A Less Formal Plan of Action
Writing An Action Research Report
Tone And Style
Avoid Value Statements
Extremely Objective
Precision And Clarity
Writing and Speech
Avoid Speech-isms
Avoid Non-Words
Use Adverbs with Caution
Reducing Bias
Person-First Language
Sexual Orientation
LGBT and Transgender
Race and Ethnicity
The Basic Elements Of Style
The Basics of Grammar
The Basics of Punctuation: Commas, Semi-Colons, and Colons.
Presenting Your Action Research
The Educational Environment
Your Colleagues
Your Students
School Boards, Principals, and Administrators: Making a Case
Your Classroom: Evaluating New Programs
Parent Conferences
As Part of a Master's Thesis
The Professional Environment
Professional Conferences and Conventions
Academic Journals
Local Community Organizations
Making Effective Presentations
Planning the Presentation
General Platform Skills
PowerPoint Specifics
Effective Handouts
Online Video Presentations
Action Research As Master's Thesis
Before You Start
Nine Tips for Writing Your Master's Thesis
Tina Williams
Christine Reed, Educational Specialist Degree, Nerstrand Elementary School, 6. Nerstrand, Minnesota
Jackie Royer, Master's Thesis, Trimont Schools, Trimont, Minnesota
Darlene Cempa, Whitney Point, NY
Karen Randle, Trumansburg, New York
Morgan Chylinski, Jamesville, NY
Strategies For Professional Growth And Development
Action Research And The Professional Development Of Teachers
More Knowledge Please
Process and Empowerment
Online Professional Development
Other Professional Development Opportunities
Observing Your Own Practice
Best Practice
Audiotaping Lessons
Descriptive, Not Prescriptive
Appendix - Sample Action Research Projects
Alison Reynolds, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kay Dicke, Eden Prairie
LouAnn Strachota
Georgina L. Pete
Teresa Van Batavia, Eisenhower Elementary, Hopkins, Minnesota
Linda Roth, Peter School District, St. Peter, Minnesota
Angela Hassett Brunelle Getty, Martinez, California
Michelle Bahr, Shakopee, Minnesota
Kim Schafer, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Barbara King, Prairie Elementary School, Worthington MN.
Annette Tousignant
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