Short Guide to Action Research

ISBN-10: 0205509312

ISBN-13: 9780205509317

Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Andrew P. Johnson

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List price: $53.60
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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
Research Paradigms and the Nature of Reality
Ontological Perspectives
Materialistic Monism
Transcendental Monism
Three Perspectives in Perspective
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
Strategies for Professional Growth and Development
Action Research and the Professional Development of Teachers
More Knowledge Please
Process and Empowerment
Other Professional Development Opportunities
Observing Your Own Practice
Best Practice
Audiotaping Lessons
Descriptive, Not Prescriptive
Final Word
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?
A Theoretical Context
Reviewing the Literature
Sources for the Literature Review
Academic Journals
The Internet
Nonprint Sources
How Many Sources?
Sample Literature Reviews
A 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
Conferences and Interviews
Video- and Audiotapes
Data Retrieval Charts
Rating Checklist
Students' Products or Performances
Attitude and Rating Scales
The Arts
Archival Data
Websites, Class Journals, or E-mail
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
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
Evalution 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
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, St. Peter School District, St. Peter, Minnesota
Angela Hassett Brunelle Getty, Martinez, California
Michelle Bahr, Shakopee, Minnesota
Kim Schafer, Minnetonka, Minnesota
A Final Word
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
Writing an Action Research Report
Tone and Style
Action Research as Master's Thesis
Before You Start
Nine Tips for Writing Your Master's Thesis
The Action Research Thesis
Examples of Full Master's Theses
Christine Reed, Educational Specialist Degree, Nerstrand Elementary School, Nerstrand, Minnesota
Jackie Royer, Master's Thesis, Trimont Schools, Trimont, Minnesota
The Last Word
The Literature Review
A Theoretical Context
Steps for a Literature Review
Using an Objective Writing Style
A Sample Literature Review
The Reference Page
Findings: Reporting Qualitative Data
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!
Findings: Reporting Quantitative Data Using Tables and Figures
Quantifying Reality
Using Numbers
Using Words
Reporting Arithmetic Data
Other Visuals
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