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Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities
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Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities



January 2020 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities is a core textbook for the action research course. This book addresses the trend toward high-stakes testing and teacher accountability by focusing on understanding student outcomes. With edTPA rapidly becoming part of the requirements for teacher certification, teacher preparation programs will increasingly be looking to measure the impact of the teacher candidate on student learning. The book focuses on the potential for action research to lead to greater understanding about student outcomes from the perspective of teachers, school leaders, and community members. There is a special emphasis on helping pre-service and experienced teachers use action research to understand their impact on student learning. There is an emphasis on using action research to understand community impacts on schools; unlike other books, this text acknowledges the complex ecology linking classrooms, schools, and the community, especially regarding issues fundamental to school reform.
 
Part I: A Call to Action
 
Chapter 1~Defining: Action Research in Contemporary Contexts
Defining Action Research

 
Action Research and the Context of Contemporary School Reform

 
Complex Educational Systems

 
Systems Theory

 
Rationale for Action Research

 
Defining Action Research

 
Main Features of Action Research

 
Change as the Desired Outcome

 
 
Chapter 2~Exploring: Various Approaches to Action Research
"Something That Matters"

 
Approaches to Educational Research

 
Identifying an Action Research Topic: Problem Posing and Reflection

 
Action Research Case Studies and Understanding Your Impact on Student Learning

 
Collaborative Action Research Projects

 
Action Research Across the Educational System

 
Methodological Approaches

 
 
Part II: Planning an Action Research Study
 
Chapter 3~Seeking: Literature Review and Theoretical Frameworks
Planning Your Study

 
Guiding Theoretical Frameworks

 
Selected Theories

 
Action Research Compared to Traditional Educational Research

 
Chapter 4~Planning: Research Questions and Ethics

 
Problem Posing: Developing Research Questions

 
Planning for Data Collection

 
Choosing Between Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

 
Ethical Concerns

 
Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

 
 
Part III: Collecting and Analyzing Data
 
Chapter 5~Gathering Data: Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection
Qualitative Data Collection

 
Focus Group Interviews

 
Planning for Interviews and Focus Group Interviews

 
Action Researcher Journal

 
Document Analysis and Unobtrusive Approaches to Data Collection

 
Visual Approaches to Data Collection

 
Triangulating Data Collection

 
 
Chapter 6~Analyzing: Understanding through Qualitative Data Analysis
Data Analysis and Action Research

 
Procedures for Data for Qualitative Analysis

 
Understanding Validity and "Trustworthiness"

 
 
Chapter 7~Counting: Quantitative Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis
Working with Assessment Data

 
Surveys and Questionnaires

 
Statistical Analysis

 
Quantitative Content Analysis

 
Mixed Methods Approaches

 
 
Part IV: Sharing Findings
 
Chapter 8~Writing: Reflection and the Action Research Report
Reflection on Findings

 
Action Research as "Risky Business"

 
Alternatives to Traditional Written Reports

 
Advocating for Yourself and Others

 

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