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Doing Action Research

Doing Action Research
A Guide for School Support Staff

September 2006 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Most teaching assistants studying for degrees find they need to engage in action research projects. This book acts as an introduction to research methods, and is especially useful if you are doing action research for the first time. The content relates to a variety of both early years and primary settings and is an excellent resource for anyone studying for a foundation degree or working towards HLTA status.

This practical guide:

  • Introduces the basic principles and practice of research methods
  • Provides an overview of the processes involved in action research
  • Shows you how to identify an issue, design and carry out a course of action and evaluate the impact of this action
  • Uses real case studies from practicing teaching assistants
Defining Action Research
The Literature Review
Gathering Information
Interpreting Information
Writing a Report

Have recommended this publication for the Foundation Degree level students - the data analysis chapter has been useful to majority of students with easy to follow diagrams and explanations.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
October 19, 2014

A well received book by Year 3 students doing a BA in Early Childhood Studies. The book came very valuable when preparing their research assignments.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
March 18, 2014

Not used this book as much as others.

Miss Catherine Flint
Educational Foundations , Tameside College
December 4, 2012

It is unusual to get such a book for support staff but this one is a must for those going on to HLTA status. great links to the standards with helpful guidance which is easy to understand

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
May 10, 2011

This is an absolutely excellent book for our Foundation Degree students (all of whom are higher level teaching assistants) when discussing how to do their research projects. Very clearly written, lots of great examples, very accessible for an undergraduate audience.

Dr Barbara Read
School of Education, Roehampton University
October 20, 2010

Very good for my Teaching Assistant Foundation Degree students. Have recommended.

Linda McGhie
Faculty of Education, University of Cumbria
September 23, 2010

This is clearly written and very apt for FdA Working with Children and Young People students in addition to those studying learning support.

Mrs Su Steed
Education and Professsional Development, Doncaster University Centre
March 30, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5 (1040kb)

Claire Taylor

Claire is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and leads the Academic Engagement Hub. The Hub contains the Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR), Library Services, Student Support and Learning Advice, Student Recruitment and Admissions, Quality Assurance and Student Data, and International work. Claire joined BG in 2002 having been a Primary Headteacher and since then she has held a variety of roles including ITT Lecturer, Programme Leader and Head of Learning and Teaching. Claire is a Bishop Grosseteste Teaching Fellow, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Developers'... More About Author

Min Wilkie

Before joining the School of Education, Min worked for many years as a teacher, mostly in Nursery and Key Stage 1 settings, but also with Key Stage 2 and with Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils. She additionally worked for Leicester College where she developed both the Cache Specialist Teacher Assistant Award and the Btec HNC/D Early Childhood Studies, targeting professional development for Nursery Nurses. ... More About Author

Judith Baser

Judith Baser originally studied German and French, and spent the early part of her career working as a commercial translator in industry and as a freelancer.  Her career in education has mainly involved working with adults in a variety of settings, teaching modern foreign languages and basic skills, and providing learning support in Further Education settings for students with dyslexia and English as an Additional Language. During a secondment to an Education Action Zone, Judith set up and managed a project developing training for school support staff.  Working for several years as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school during an earlier... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412912785

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.