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Improving Schools Through Action Research: A Comprehensive Guide for Educators / Edition 1

Improving Schools Through Action Research: A Comprehensive Guide for Educators / Edition 1

by Cher C. Hendricks


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205385850
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 04/21/2005
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables.
List of Figures.

List of Chapter Activities.


1. Research Methods in Education.

Ways Research Advances Knowledge about Education.

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.

2. Generating Research Ideas through Reflection.
Reflection: Its History and Definitions.

Types of Reflection.

Reflection in Action Research.

Reflecting to Identify a Research Focus.

Reflective Journals.

3. Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature.

Reviewing the Literature as a Professional, Intellectual Activity.

Sources of Topic-specific Literature.

Searching for Literature to Review.

Choosing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing Reviewed Literature for Action Research Studies .

Organizing and Writing the Literature Review.

4. Initial Planning of the Action Research Study.

Articulating Research Questions.

Planning the Intervention.

5. Strategies for Collecting Data.

Collecting Multiple Forms of Data to Establish Credibility and Validity.

Methods of Data Collection: Artifacts, Observational Data, and Inquiry Data.

The Importance of Collecting Baseline Data.

Aligning Data Collection Strategies with Research Questions.

6. Final Planning before the Implementation of the Study.

Definitions of Validity.

Determining Ways to Increase Validity.

Ethical Guidelines for Action Research Studies.

Engaging in Continuous, Ongoing Reflecting Planning throughout the Study.

Creating a Timeline for the Project.

7. Strategies for Data Analysis.

Interim Data Analysis.

Using Software Packages to Analyze Large Amounts of Data.

Analysis of Quantitative Data: Reporting, Comparing, and Displaying.

Analysis of Qualitative Data: Looking for Themes and Patterns.

Triangulating Data Sources: Drawing Conclusions from Data.

8. Supplementary Chapter: Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report.

Guidelines for Writing the Final Action Research Report.

Disseminating Action Research Findings.

Concluding Comments.

Appendix 1.

Article 1.1: Conceptual Learning and Creative Problem Solving Using Cooperative Groups in Middle School Science Classes.

Appendix 2.

Article 1.2: The Influence of a Peer-Tutoring Training Model for Implementing Cooperative Groupings with Elementary Students.


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