Action Research

Action Research

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Known for its practical, step-by-step guidance for teachers on how to do research in classrooms. Born of the author's own experience working with teachers and principals, this book provides a step-by-step outline of how to a€œdoa€ action researcha€”backed by the most extensive theory and research coverage on the market today. The author guides future educators through the action research process via numerous concrete illustrations and a wealth of on-line resources; positioning it as a fundamental component of teaching, alongside curriculum development, assessment, and classroom management. Key changes in the revision include: a new chapter on ethics (Chapter 5), expanded discussion of literature review, expanded discussion of data collection techniques using quantitative data collection techniques, expanded coverage of data analysis and interpretation techniques, and expanded coverage of descriptive statistics in Appendix B. Accessible, comprehensive, scholastically sounda€”this is a a€œhands-ona€ guide for anyone who aspires to be an exceptional educator. FEATURES: NEW! Expanded coverage of qEthicsq--Includes a new chapter devoted to ethics (Chapter 5). NEW! Revised and increased discussion of quantitative data techniques--Found throughout Chapter 3. NEW! Expanded discussion on the use of style manuals (e.g., APA Manual of Style)--Readers can find this important, applicable information in the newly added Chapter 8. NEW! Increased discussion of descriptive statistics and action research-- Includes other ways to calculate standard deviation, not just by using SPSS (Appendix B). NEW! Rearranged order of chapters pertaining to the writing of and sharing of action research-- Presents a clearer path to understanding. Now in the new edition readers will learn about qWriting Up Action Researchq (Chapter 8) before the qSharing, Critiquing, and Celebrating Action Researchq (Chapter 9). Coverageof how to visually display qualitative data in appendix. Provides basic usable tools for presenting and interpreting qualitative data. Explanation of the four-step action research processa€“Accompanied by various models and discussion of each step's impact on results. Guides, step-by-step, through conducting action researcha€“identifying focus area, collecting data, analyzing/interpreting data, and action planning. Explanation of the a€œ3 E'sa€ of data collectiona€“Experiencing, enquiring, and examining. Ensures teachers understand the crucial importance of thorough data collection to the success of any research. Case study ofCurtis Elementary Schoola€“Presented in Appendix Ia€“follows the text's action research process as it happens in an example school.Some authors of action research books debate the importance of reviewing the literature as a strategy in the action research process. ... In our case, our area of focus was the purchase of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). ... Reports, Car and Driver, Edmund a#39;s Buying Guide online, and the Kelly Blue Book for reviews and comparative pricing information. ... What size engine did we need to tow our tent trailer?

Title:Action Research
Author:Geoffrey E. Mills
Publisher:Prentice Hall - 2007


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