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Action Research

Action Research
Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

Fourth Edition

A comprehensive guide to action research for the practicing educator

September 2013 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This fully updated edition of Craig Mertler’s proven text 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 with their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Emphasizing the integration of professional reflection throughout the process and action research as job-embedded professional development, Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties. This Fourth Edition adds coverage of high-interest topics, such as teacher empowerment and evaluation, Google Scholar, mixed-methods research designs, ethics, and much more.

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Part I: “What Is Action Research?”
Chapter 1: Introduction to Action Research
Chapter 2: Overview of the Action Research Process
Part II: “How Do I Begin My Action Research Study?”
Chapter 3: Planning for Action Research
Chapter 4: Developing a Research Plan
Part III: “What Do I Do With All These Data?”
Chapter 5: Collecting Data
Chapter 6: Analyzing Data
Part IV: “I’ve Got Results!...Now What?”
Chapter 7: Next Steps and Future Cycles: Developing an Action Plan
Chapter 8: Writing an Action Research Report
Chapter 9: Sharing and Reflecting

The book has been adopted!

Professor Bonnie E Walker
Continuing Education, Fresno Pacific University
June 19, 2015

This book aligned with the objectives of our course

Dr Thomas Kinsey
Education, Northcentral University
June 15, 2015

Easily accessible to students, while giving a solid foundation for action research

Dr Ken Jackson
Counseling Human Dev Dept, University Of Georgia
June 9, 2015

Textbook will be used for getting students with Part One--getting IRB approval and with writting their thesis/action research.

Ms Veronica Mack
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Coppin State University
May 21, 2015

Not the best fit for the course.

Mrs Andrea Wange
School of Education: Curriculum and Instruction, University Of South Dakota
March 22, 2015

excellent book, well written and easy for students to follow. Good web resources

Dr Marilyn Hayes
Education , Concordia University Texas
September 14, 2014

Excellent resource for the course I will be teaching.

Dr Lucy Larrison
College Of Education, Concordia University
March 19, 2014

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Craig A. Mertler

Dr. Craig A. Mertler is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He began his career as a high school biology teacher. He has been an educator for 32 years—22 of those in higher education at Bowling Green State University, the University of West Georgia, Lynn University, and Arizona State University, and 9 as an administrator (department chair, doctoral program director, and education dean). Over his career, he has taught courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development, as well as classroom assessment, research methods,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452244426