Teacher inquiry can play a critical role in professional staff development across all grade levels and subject areas. Now this updated bestseller offers both an in-depth examination of teacher inquiry as well as step-by-step instructions, giving prospective and practicing teachers everything they need to engage in this vital process.
Featuring helpful exercises in every chapter, this how-to guide to action research takes teachers through each stage of the process: formulating a research question, collaborating with others, collecting data, analyzing data, writing and presenting classroom research, and assessing the quality of the work. The authors also demonstrate the relationship between teacher inquiry and differentiated instruction, data-driven decision making, progress monitoring, and Response to Intervention. This revised edition includes
An updated section about professional learning communities
The latest data collection methods, including digital photos, video, blogging, and assessment measures
Simplified models for documenting inquiry results
Added examples from middle and high school settings
A new chapter on assessing inquiry projects
By learning to make the most of this essential tool, teachers can enhance their instruction and contribute significantly to improved student achievement!
The second edition includes new sections on the relationship between inquiry and differentiated instruction, data driven decision making, progress monitoring, and response to intervention help educators make sense of the ways inquiry connects to current popular initiatives in education. There is also an updated section on Professional Learning Communities that helps educators understand the ways PLC work is a ripe context for teacher research. Descriptions of five new ways to collect data (including digital photos, video, blogging, standardized test scores/assessment measures, and Critical Friend Group feedback) complement the seven forms of data collection described in the first edition (field notes, documents/artifacts, interviews, focus groups, journals, surveys, literature), providing educators with more options for gaining insights into their research questions.
The introduction of three new simplified models for writing up inquiry work enhances the one model and example provided in the first edition, providing multiple options for educators to share their work in written form with others. Many new examples of teacher inquiry are interwoven within the text from middle school and high school contexts serve to enrich examples in first edition from elementary contexts and demonstrate the ways the process of inquiry can be a rich and powerful form of professional development for all teachers, regardless of the grade level or subject areas they teach. A whole new chapter on assessing the quality of one's inquiry serves to help practicing teachers build research skills as well as promotes discussion of quality between professors and their students who are engaged in action research as a part of a university course.