Improving Schools Through Action Research A Reflective Practice Approach

ISBN-10: 0132868644

ISBN-13: 9780132868648

Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Cher C. Hendricks

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Cher Hendricks’Action Research for School Improvement: A Reflective Practice Approach, Third Edition,is a brief, accessible, and practical text that prepares educators to conduct their own action research projects.  The third edition provides the information needed to complete each step of the action research cycle.  Chapter activities include a research paper component that helps readers create a research paper as they complete the activities. Additional activities have been added in this edition to help educators navigate through each step of the action research process—from choosing a topic and generating research questions through data analysis and reporting results and conclusions.  Other features of the book include detailed strategies for (1) reviewing and synthesizing the literature and writing a literature review, (2) collecting, triangulating, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data (including how to graphically display results), (3) drawing conclusions from results, and (4) writing in APA (6th edition) style. Numerous Internet resources—including links to action research networks, professional organizations, and journals—are provided. Throughout the text, the book incorporates numerous pedagogical devices such as Exercises and Cases to help readers practically explore topics. Examples are provided throughout the book to document the ways teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and support staff can improve their practice through action research. Among the changes and additions to the third edition, the text now presents a sharper focus on reflection in the action research cycle--including new reflection activities in every chapter.  The book also places a greater emphasis on working with a critical friend or colleague throughout the action research process and incorporates updated and new online and professional resources as well as a more detailed explanation of how to analyze and interpret qualitative data, and instructions on formatting the research paper using the latest APA Guidelines.
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List price: $41.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 2/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Research Methods in Education
Ways Research Advances Knowledge About Education
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Action Research
Comparison of Articles on Cooperative Learning
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
Reading Action Research Studies
Additional Reading Materials
Action Research Resources
Generating Research Ideas Through Reflection
The History of Reflection in Education
Reflection in Action Research
Engaging in Reflexive Inquiry as a Way to Know Yourself as an Educator
Reflecting to Identify a Research Focus
Reflective Journals
Reflecting with a Critical Friend
Reflecting to Identify a Research Focus
Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature
Reviewing Literature as a Professional, Intellectual Activity
Sources of Topic-Specific Literature
Searching for Literature to Review
Documents Not Available Full-Text
Choosing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing Reviewed Literature for Action Research Studies
Choosing Literature
Evaluating Literature
Synthesizing Literature
Organizing and Writing the Literature Review
Reviewing the Literature
Initial Planning of the Action Research Study
Articulating Research Questions
Articulating Research Questions
Planning the Intervention
Ethical Guidelines for Action Research Studies
Planning the Intervention
Gaining Informed Consent
Strategies for Collecting Data
Collecting Multiple Forms of Data to Establish Credibility and Validity
Methods of Data Collection: Artifacts, Observational Data, and Inquiry Data
Observational Data
Inquiry Data
The Importance of Collecting Baseline Data
Aligning Data Collection Strategies with Research Questions
Choosing Data Collection Strategies
Final Planning Before Implementation of the Study
Definitions of Validity
Determining Ways to Increase Validity
Creating a Plan for Increasing Validity
Engaging in Continuous, Ongoing Reflective Planning Throughout the Study
Creating a Timeline for the Project
Ongoing Reflective Planning and Creating a Timeline
Strategies for Data Analysis
Interim Data Analysis
Using Software Packages to Analyze Large Amounts of Data
Analysis of Quantitative Data: Reporting, Comparing, and Displaying
Closed-Ended Items
Checklists and Tally Sheets
Computer-Generated Reports and School Records
Analysis of Qualitative Data: Looking for Themes and Patterns
Analysis of Quantitative Data
Interviews, Focus Groups, and Conferences
Observational Records and Field Notes
Documents and Journals
Open-Ended Items (Surveys, Scales, Self-Assessments, Peer Reviews)
Analysis of Qualitative Data
Triangulating Data Sources and Drawing Conclusions from Data
Answering Research Questions and Reaching Conclusions
Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report
Guidelines for Writing the Final Action Research Report
Paper Format
Content Format
Disseminating Action Research Findings
Other Ways to Write Up Research
Concluding Comments
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