Action Research

Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

Author: Craig A. Mertler

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483389073

Category: Education

Page: 360

View: 4966

Craig Mertler’s Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday practice. This Fifth Edition adds enhanced coverage of rigor and ethics in action research, means of establishing quality of both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as strengthened pedagogical features. New material includes discussions of social justice advocacy as an application of action research and the inclusion of abstracts in research reports.

Action Research

Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

Author: Craig A. Mertler

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452235678

Category: Education

Page: 328

View: 2889

Written for pre-and in-service educators, this Third Edition of Craig A. Mertler's Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces the process of conducting one's own classroom- or school-based action research in conjunction with everyday instructional practices and activities. The text provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties.

Action Research

Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

Author: Craig A. Mertler

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483389065

Category: Education

Page: 360

View: 8797

Craig Mertler’s Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday practice. This Fifth Edition adds enhanced coverage of rigor and ethics in action research, means of establishing quality of both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as strengthened pedagogical features. New material includes discussions of social justice advocacy as an application of action research and the inclusion of abstracts in research reports.

Action Research in Education

A Practical Guide

Author: Sara Efrat Efron,Ruth Ravid

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 146250972X

Category: Education

Page: 268

View: 6651

This accessible, pragmatic text shows educators step by step how to conduct classroom- and school-based studies to improve instructional practices. The book presents methods and strategies for implementing each stage of the action research cycle, providing balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Readers learn how to: select and define a research topic; develop a literature review; choose a design; formulate data collection strategies; design and/or evaluate assessment tools; and interpret, analyze, and report study results. Helpful examples and vignettes depict a variety of real-world teaching and learning situations, school subjects, and age groups (PreK-12). Pedagogical Features *Exercises and activities in every chapter. *Checklists, guidelines, and templates that enable busy educators to self-assess the progress and quality of their studies. *Example boxes illustrating the components of an action research report. *Summary tables highlighting key aspects of different research strategies. *Chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.

Action Research in Organisations

Author: Jean McNiff,Jack Whitehead

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134600577

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 6686

The current orthodoxy is that 'knowledge' is the most powerful resource for organisational success. So how can managers develop the appropriate knowledge base to make their organisations grow? The answer lies in action research. Action research is increasingly perceived and used as a powerful methodology to promote professional awareness and development. However, there are very few texts that demonstrate how this can be utilised to promote management and organisational improvement or that emphasise the reflective nature of improving professionalism. Action Research in Organisations fills this gap. Aimed at both practising managers and university students alike, key features of this title include: * the location of management and organisational theory within a framework * examination of the principles and practice of action research * real-world examples and case studies of people attempting to improve their own situations through action research.

Action Research

Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom

Author: Craig A. Mertler

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412968577

Category: Education

Page: 265

View: 8288

Action Research, Second Edition introduces practicing teachers to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. The book's practicality stems from its focus on research methods and procedures that teachers can use with their everyday instructional practices and classroom activities. Detailed, practical information is included for teachers as they design and conduct applied classroom-based research projects. Features and Benefits:Action Research Portraits (3 portraits in each chapter)These portraits show how teachers and other educators can actually conduct action research in order to address their own specific local-level problems.Lists of online resources (updated)The comprehensive lists are comprised of Web sites that readers can pursue for additional related information.Discussion of rigor in action research (new)This discussion communicates to the reader how to maintain the high level of rigor and validity in action researchWriting Up Action ResearchSpecial sections, titled Writing Up Action Research, are included in Chapters 3 through 8. These sections provide annotated excerpts from published or otherwise disseminated action research reports, highlighting specific concepts presented in each particular chapter.

Practical Action Research

A Collection of Articles

Author: Richard A. Schmuck

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412962862

Category: Education

Page: 231

View: 2830

Reflecting the editor’s extensive experience, recent developments, and insights from experts, this updated collection helps educators engage in action research to improve educational outcomes.

Teachers as Researchers

Qualitative Inquiry as a Path to Empowerment

Author: Joe L. Kincheloe

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415276462

Category: Education

Page: 296

View: 504

Argues that teachers should engage in research to increase their skills in the classroom and improve the quality of education for their students.

Cultivating Leadership in Schools

Connecting People, Purpose, and Practice

Author: Gordon Donaldson

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807775371

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 8803

Improving Schools Through Action Research

A Comprehensive Guide for Educators

Author: Cher Hendricks

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205578467

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 2798

This text emphasizes the reflective processes used in planning and conducting action research studies, data analysis techniques (quantitative and qualitative), and displaying and explaining results. It provides specific information needed to complete each step of the action research cycle with chapter activities that help the student/reader conduct projects focused on school improvement. Each activity includes a research paper component that helps students create a research paper as they complete the activities.

The Data-Driven Classroom

How do I use student data to improve my instruction? (ASCD Arias)

Author: Craig A. Mertler

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416619771

Category: Education

Page: 42

View: 9774

Thanks to initiatives like the Common Core and Race to the Top, accountability requirements continue to be a reality for educators. Yet many are still unsure of how to use data to make well-informed instructional decisions. The Data-Driven Classroom comes to the rescue with a systematic, universal process that shows teachers how to: examine student assessment results to identify a curricular or skill area to target for individual intervention or large-group instructional revision; develop, implement, and assess the effectiveness of the intervention or revision; and develop an action plan for future instructional cycles. Author Craig A. Mertler sheds light on how teachers can make sense of overwhelming standardized test reports while avoiding pitfalls like over-interpreting data. In these pages you will also find practical classroom examples and templates designed to guide teachers of all grade levels and subject areas through the comprehensive decision-making framework.

Schools and Data

The Educator's Guide for Using Data to Improve Decision Making

Author: Theodore B. Creighton

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 145223843X

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 595

Improve instructional leadership practice with proven, easy-to-understand strategies for data-based decision making! This reader-friendly second edition of Schools and Data provides real-world examples and step-by-step procedures for collecting and organizing data, providing every school leader with the means to facilitate more appropriate and effective decision making. With a highly practical method for statistical analysis, this highly accessible resource places special emphasis on: Connecting statistics and educators’ daily work Integrating Excel and SPSS technology Strengthening educators’ data interpretation skills Increasing the focus on correlation and regression Building strong skills in problem analysis, program evaluation, data-driven decision making, and report preparation

Science Educator's Guide to Laboratory Assessment

Author: Rodney L. Doran

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 0873552105

Category: Education

Page: 270

View: 9582

Focus on frequent, accurate feedback with this newly expanded guide to understanding assessment. Field-tested and classroom ready, it's designed to help you reinforce productive learning habits while gauging your lessons' effectiveness. The book opens with an up-to-date discussion of assessment theory, research, and uses. Then comes a wealth of sample assessment activities (nearly 50 in all, including 15 new ones) in biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth science. You'll like the activities' flexibility. Some are short tasks that zero in on a few specific process skills; others are investigations involving a variety of skills you can cover in one or two class periods; and still others are extended, in-depth investigations that take several weeks to complete. Keyed to the U.S. National Science Education Standards, the activities include reproducible task sheets and scoring rubrics. All are ideal for helping your students reflect on their own learning during science labs.

Multimodal Learning for the 21st Century Adolescent

Author: Tom Bean

Publisher: Shell Education

ISBN: 1425805175

Category: Education

Page: 136

View: 3531

Featuring activities designed to help students improve English skills; this resource includes lessons that can be modified based on the students' levels of language proficiency. The activities span the content areas including language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science, plus easy-to-use lessons include step-by-step instructions and suggestions for whole and small group instruction. Definitely a must-have resource for diverse classrooms, this invaluable book also includes background information on language acquisition and language proficiency level. In addition, new Bloom's Taxonomy questions, that are aligned with 21st Century skills, are included to promote oral language development skills.

Action Research

Author: Ernest T. Stringer

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483320731

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 341

The Fourth Edition of Ernest T. Stringer’s best-selling Action Research offers easy-to-follow, clear guidelines that enable novice practitioner researchers to move comfortably through a process of inquiry and applied research. Featuring real-life examples and providing effective solutions that foster understanding of research procedures in real-life contexts, the book offers a simple but highly effective model for approaching action research: Look: building a picture and gathering information, Think: interpreting and explaining, and Act: resolving issues and problems. Using his own experience as a guide, Stringer encourages readers to grapple with the broader political and ethical challenges that frame each inquiry. The author’s engaging style makes the book especially relevant to those working with children, young adults, or people in community contexts, and is particularly relevant to those dealing with issues of diversity or with marginalized and disenfranchised groups. Clear, concise, and practical, Stringer’s accessible and engaging book is a must for students and professionals in educational, business, health, counseling, and social work settings.

Teacher Action Research

Building Knowledge Democracies

Author: Gerald J. Pine

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452278741

Category: Education

Page: 416

View: 9289

"This is a wonderful book with deep insight into the relationship between teachers' action and result of student learning. It discusses from different angles impact of action research on student learning in the classroom. Writing samples provided at the back are wonderful examples." —Kejing Liu, Shawnee State University Teacher Action Research: Building Knowledge Democracies focuses on helping schools build knowledge democracies through a process of action research in which teachers, students, and parents collaborate in conducting participatory and caring inquiry in the classroom, school, and community. Author Gerald J. Pine examines historical origins, the rationale for practice-based research, related theoretical and philosophical perspectives, and action research as a paradigm rather than a method. Key Features Discusses how to build a school research culture through collaborative teacher research Delineates the role of the professional development school as a venue for constructing a knowledge democracy Focuses on how teacher action research can empower the active and ongoing inclusion of nontraditional voices (those of students and parents) in the research process Includes chapters addressing the concrete practices of observation, reflection, dialogue, writing, and the conduct of action research, as well as examples of teacher action research studies

Data Literacy for Educators

Making It Count in Teacher Preparation and Practice

Author: Ellen B. Mandinach,Edith S. Gummer

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807774693

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 6589

Data literacy has become an essential skill set for teachers as education becomes more of an evidence-based profession. Teachers in all stages of professional growth need to learn how to use data effectively and responsibly to inform their teaching practices. This groundbreaking resource describes data literacy for teaching, emphasizing the important relationship between data knowledge and skills and disciplinary and pedagogical content knowledge. Case studies of emerging programs in schools of education are used to illustrate the key components needed to integrate data-driven decisionmaking into the teaching curricula. The book offers a clear path for change while also addressing the inherent complexities associated with change. Data Literacy for Educators provides concrete strategies for schools of education, professional developers, and school districts. Book Features: Defines data literacy for teaching and outlines the knowledge and skills it comprises. Uses examples and case studies that tie theory to practice. Provides a roadmap for integrating data literacy into teacher preparation programs. Covers emerging trends, such as virtual and hybrid courses and massive open online courses. “This thoughtful, well-organized book raises the challenges that beginning and experienced teachers face in becoming more data literate to increase their pedagogical effectiveness in their classrooms.” —From the Foreword by Barbara Schneider “Deans of colleges of education, practicing teachers, education advocates, and many others will find useful information here.” —Benjamin Riley, Deans for Impact “This work should join the ‘common core’ of teacher education and professional development programs.” —Lee S. Shulman, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching “The authors lay out a compelling call to action to ensure that every teacher in this country has the skills, knowledge, and disposition in knowing how to use data to inform effective teaching.” —Aimee Rogstad Guidera, Data Quality Campaign

Studying Your Own School

An Educator's Guide to Practitioner Action Research

Author: Gary L. Anderson,Kathryn Herr,Ann Sigrid Nihlen

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452238723

Category: Education

Page: 272

View: 1555

Extensively revised, this new edition provides the theoretical underpinnings of practitioner action research as well as the "how-to" information necessary for classroom application.

Encounters With Materials in Early Childhood Education

Author: Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw,Sylvia Kind,Laurie L. M. Kocher

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317588584

Category: Education

Page: 92

View: 6644

Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education rearticulates understandings of materials—blocks of clay, sheets of paper, brushes and paints—to formulate what happens when we think with materials and apply them to early childhood development and classrooms. The book develops ways of thinking about materials that are more sustainable and insightful than what most children in the Western world experience today through capitalist narratives. Through a series of ethnographic events and engagement with existing ideas of relationality in the visual arts, feminist ethics, science studies, philosophy, and anthropology, Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education highlights how materials can be conceptualized as active participants in early childhood education and generators of human insight. A variety of examples show how educators, young children, and researchers have engaged in thinking with materials in early years classrooms and explore what materials are capable of in their encounters with other materials and with children. Please visit the companion website at www.encounterswithmaterials.com for additional features, including interviews with the authors and the teachers featured in the book, videos and photographs of the classroom narratives described in these pages, and an ongoing blog of the authors’ ethnographic notes.

Essential Lessons for School Leaders

Tips for Courage, Finding Solutions, and Reaching Your Goals

Author: Joseph Murphy

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1629141232

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 8263

This gold mine of wisdom from top education researcher and the bestselling author of Turning Around Failing Schools and Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement contains key tips and strategies every school leader should know. Award-winning professor and former school administrator Joseph Murphy’s concise and instructive lessons will help you stay focused on what matters most as you navigate the hectic world of high-stakes testing and accountability: • It really is all about the kids • Optimism is essential • Caring counts a lot • Listen—let people finish talking • Don’t confuse excuses and explanations Each lesson is coupled with context in a few sentences taken from Murphy’s extensive real-world experiences. This collection is ideal for use in daily reflections, speeches, staff meetings, presentations, or as a gift to anyone who works with children.