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Practitioner Research for Teachers

Practitioner Research for Teachers

First Edition
  • Diana Burton - Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Steve Bartlett - Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton

September 2004 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is a really useful book. It is full of helpful ideas and examples and discusses the importance of research for teachers. While addressing both the why and the how of practitioner research in school settings the authors have kept closely in touch with the practical concerns of busy professionals' - Professor Anne Edwards, School of Education, University of Birmingham

This is a book about how to do your research. It's aimed at teachers involved in classroom-based research projects such as Best Practice Research Scholarships and Networked Learning Communities.

This book is a significant text for teachers involved in practitioner research. It will discuss how the notion of classroom research has evolved from previous movements based upon school effectiveness and action research. It will show how being able to conduct and understand research is vital for the professional development of teachers. The text will then consider the practical issues of the design and carrying out of classroom-based research. The book contains practical examples to illustrate points where appropriate. Each chapter includes recommended further reading and practical tasks.

Teacher Professionalism, Development and Research
Defining Educational Research
Teachers as Reflective Practitioners
Best Practice Case Studies: Evolving Research Approaches
Getting Started: Beginning a Research Project
Accessing and Using Literature
Research Strategies: Case Studies and Experiments
Questionnaires and Interviews
Use of Existing Documents
Research Biographies and Logs
The Way Forward for Practitioner Research

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to practioner research. It is written in a clear and engaging way making it a useful and accessible book for teachers. The many tasks and case studies are particularly helpful.

Dr Carol Fuller
Institute of Education, Reading University
August 9, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Diana M Burton

Diana Burton is Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, having formerly led education research at the university. She has held senior leadership and professorial posts at 3 universities, including both Pro Vice-Chancellor for research and Dean of Education posts at Liverpool John Moores University. She was Head of School at Manchester Metropolitan University where she worked for many years leading teacher education programmes having originally been a secondary school teacher of Humanities for over a decade.Diana has a Masters and PhD in the field of Educational Psychology and continues to examine doctoral theses... More About Author

Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is honorary research fellow at Liverpool Hope University. A former Professor of Education Studies and programme leader at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Chester, he led the development of the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate level for many years, chairing the Subject Benchmarking Review Committee for QAA. A founder member and the first Chair of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), he edited the BESA journal for several years. Steve taught Sociology at secondary level for fifteen years from the mid Seventies. Steve has a Masters and PhD in teacher professionalism and has supervised and examined... More About Author

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