A Short Guide to Action Research / Edition 1

A Short Guide to Action Research / Edition 1

by Andrew P. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205360300

ISBN-13: 9780205360307

Pub. Date: 07/13/2002

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

For educators, a guide to conducting action research (a systematic inquiry into one's own practices) in the classroom. The second edition adds new samples as well as two new chapters: one discussing quantitative methodology and analysis, and the other taking a philosophical look at assumptions about the nature of reality and how they affect both individual perceptions

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For educators, a guide to conducting action research (a systematic inquiry into one's own practices) in the classroom. The second edition adds new samples as well as two new chapters: one discussing quantitative methodology and analysis, and the other taking a philosophical look at assumptions about the nature of reality and how they affect both individual perceptions of research and education practices. Johnson is a teacher educator at Minnesota State U., Mankato. The volume lacks a subject index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205360307
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
07/13/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.39(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacexi
About the Authorxiii
Section IRationale1
Chapter 1Science, Research, and Teaching3
Science3
Research5
Teaching9
Summary10
Chapter 2Research Paradigms and the Nature of Reality13
Metaphysical Perspectives13
Implications16
Summary18
Chapter 3Introduction to Action Research21
Research in Action21
The Importance of Action Research25
Summary27
Chapter 4Using Action Research for Solving Problems29
Finding the Problem29
Finding Solutions29
Testing the Solution31
An Example of Action Research and Problem Solving31
Summary34
Chapter 5Strategies for Professional Growth: Preservice and Inservice Teachers37
Preservice Teachers: A Tool for Seeing37
Professional Development Schools42
Action Research and the Professional Development of Teachers44
Summary45
Section IIThe Process47
Chapter 6The Beginning49
An Overview of the Action Research Process49
Finding Your Research Topic51
Summary53
Chapter 7A Theoretical Context55
Reviewing the Literature55
Sources for the Literature Review55
Sample Literature Reviews57
Summary60
Chapter 8Methods of Collecting Data61
Data Collection61
Types of Data Collection in Action Research62
Summary80
Chapter 9Methods of Analyzing Data81
Accuracy and Credibility: This is What is81
Validity, Reliability, and Triangulation82
Inductive Analysis83
Summary91
Chapter 10Quantitative Design in Action Research93
Correlational Research93
Causal-Comparative Research95
Quasi-Experimental Research96
The Function of Statistics99
Summary101
Chapter 11Discussion: Your Plan of Action103
Conclusions and Recommendations103
Evaluation of the Study107
Designing a New Plan or Program108
Summary110
Section IIISamples113
Chapter 12Sample Action Research Projects115
A Final Word139
Section IVWriting and Reporting Action Research141
Chapter 13Presenting Your Action Research143
The Educational Environment143
The Professional Environment145
Local Community Organizations147
Summary147
Chapter 14Writing an Action Research Report149
Tone and Style149
Length151
Clarity151
Headings152
Summary154
Chapter 15Action Research as Master's Thesis155
Before You Start155
The Action Research Thesis156
The Last Word160
Chapter 16The Literature Review161
A Theoretical Context161
A Sample Literature Review165
The Reference Page167
Summary168
Chapter 17Findings: Reporting Qualitative Data169
Presenting Qualitative Data169
The Importance of Structure171
Case Studies or Representative Samples174
Appendices177
Summary177
Chapter 18Findings: Reporting Quantitative Data Using Tables, Figures, and Graphs179
Quantifying Reality179
Tables182
Figures184
Summary184
Epilogue187
Appendix ABelief and Facts189
Appendix BFacts and Belief190
Appendix CEffective and Less Effective191
Appendix DPlan to Investigate192
Appendix ECreative Problem Solving193
Appendix FMeans-End Analysis194
Appendix GChecklist for Small-Group Conferences195
Appendix HProduct and Performance Assessment Form196
Appendix IWriting Assessment Form197
Appendix JChecklist for Independent Research Projects198
References199

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