A Short Guide to Action Research / Edition 3

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This compact, user-friendly book provides everything a teacher needs to know to conduct an action research project, in a clear, step-by-step presentation.

This book guides the learner through comprehension and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative techniques in action research methods and then describes all phases of the process, including selecting a topic; collecting, analyzing, and reporting data; reviewing the literature; and presenting the report.

There are many new strategies and examples of projects that can be used for professional growth and development included with this edition, as well as more examples, ideas for possible research questions, and many new forms and graphics are added.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205509317
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/31/2007
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Andrew Johnson is Professor of Holistic Education and the Director of the Accelerated Teacher Licensure Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Here he specializes in educational psychology, holistic education, literacy instruction, and teacher professional development.

Before moving into higher education he worked for 9 years in the public schools as a second grade teacher, wrestling coach, and as a gifted education coordinator. His most recent books include Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies (SAGE) and Teaching Reading and Writing: A Guidebook for Tutoring and Remediating Students (Rowman and Littlefield).

Dr. Johnson can be reached for comment at: andrew.johnson@mnsu.edu. For information related to workshops and professional development opportunities go to: www.OPDT-Johonson.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Author xiii
Section I Rationale 1
Chapter 1 Science, Research, and Teaching 3
Science 3
Research 5
Teaching 9
Summary 10
Chapter 2 Research Paradigms and the Nature of Reality 13
Metaphysical Perspectives 13
Implications 16
Summary 18
Chapter 3 Introduction to Action Research 21
Research in Action 21
The Importance of Action Research 25
Summary 27
Chapter 4 Using Action Research for Solving Problems 29
Finding the Problem 29
Finding Solutions 29
Testing the Solution 31
An Example of Action Research and Problem Solving 31
Summary 34
Chapter 5 Strategies for Professional Growth: Preservice and Inservice Teachers 37
Preservice Teachers: A Tool for Seeing 37
Professional Development Schools 42
Action Research and the Professional Development of Teachers 44
Summary 45
Section II The Process 47
Chapter 6 The Beginning 49
An Overview of the Action Research Process 49
Finding Your Research Topic 51
Summary 53
Chapter 7 A Theoretical Context 55
Reviewing the Literature 55
Sources for the Literature Review 55
Sample Literature Reviews 57
Summary 60
Chapter 8 Methods of Collecting Data 61
Data Collection 61
Types of Data Collection in Action Research 62
Summary 80
Chapter 9 Methods of Analyzing Data 81
Accuracy and Credibility: This is What is 81
Validity, Reliability, and Triangulation 82
Inductive Analysis 83
Summary 91
Chapter 10 Quantitative Design in Action Research 93
Correlational Research 93
Causal-Comparative Research 95
Quasi-Experimental Research 96
The Function of Statistics 99
Summary 101
Chapter 11 Discussion: Your Plan of Action 103
Conclusions and Recommendations 103
Evaluation of the Study 107
Designing a New Plan or Program 108
Summary 110
Section III Samples 113
Chapter 12 Sample Action Research Projects 115
A Final Word 139
Section IV Writing and Reporting Action Research 141
Chapter 13 Presenting Your Action Research 143
The Educational Environment 143
The Professional Environment 145
Local Community Organizations 147
Summary 147
Chapter 14 Writing an Action Research Report 149
Tone and Style 149
Length 151
Clarity 151
Headings 152
Summary 154
Chapter 15 Action Research as Master's Thesis 155
Before You Start 155
The Action Research Thesis 156
The Last Word 160
Chapter 16 The Literature Review 161
A Theoretical Context 161
A Sample Literature Review 165
The Reference Page 167
Summary 168
Chapter 17 Findings: Reporting Qualitative Data 169
Presenting Qualitative Data 169
The Importance of Structure 171
Case Studies or Representative Samples 174
Appendices 177
Summary 177
Chapter 18 Findings: Reporting Quantitative Data Using Tables, Figures, and Graphs 179
Quantifying Reality 179
Tables 182
Figures 184
Summary 184
Epilogue 187
Appendix A Belief and Facts 189
Appendix B Facts and Belief 190
Appendix C Effective and Less Effective 191
Appendix D Plan to Investigate 192
Appendix E Creative Problem Solving 193
Appendix F Means-End Analysis 194
Appendix G Checklist for Small-Group Conferences 195
Appendix H Product and Performance Assessment Form 196
Appendix I Writing Assessment Form 197
Appendix J Checklist for Independent Research Projects 198
References 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    You have got to be kidding

    This text fails to demonstrate true knowledge of action research making one wonder if the author has actually ever engaged in such activities himself. What material is useful is better presented in other texts. Not worth the $$

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