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Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators / Edition 3

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Overview

Written for pre-and in-service educators, this Third Edition of Craig A. Mertler’s Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces the process of conducting one’s own classroom- or school-based action research in conjunction with everyday instructional practices and activities. The text provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties.

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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - Susan Gebhard
"The conversational tone of this book takes a “scary” research course and makes it accessible—even enjoyable for educators! "
Doctor - Lillian Castaneda
"I adopted and used this book this Fall 2010 semester. Mertler is an outstanding author/researcher. The on-line actvities and materials are outstanding. I will use it again. "
Doctor - Carol Webb
"Comprehensive, yet cleanly written so that teachers and beginning administrators can immediately begin implementing an Action Research model for their schools. The additional web materials were extremely helpful and fun to use. "
Doctor - Marjori Krebs
Needed step-by-step guide for an Independent Study Course. Student is purchasing book. Also, I personally know the author and respect his work! -
Dr. Susan Gebhard
"The conversational tone of this book takes a “scary” research course and makes it accessible—even enjoyable for educators!"
Dr Lillian Castaneda
"I adopted and used this book this Fall 2010 semester. Mertler is an outstanding author/researcher. The on-line actvities and materials are outstanding. I will use it again. "
Dr Carol Webb
"Comprehensive, yet cleanly written so that teachers and beginning administrators can immediately begin implementing an Action Research model for their schools. The additional web materials were extremely helpful and fun to use. "
Dr Marjori Krebs
Needed step-by-step guide for an Independent Study Course. Student is purchasing book. Also, I personally know the author and respect his work! -
Dr. Susan Gebhard

"The conversational tone of this book takes a “scary” research course and makes it accessible—even enjoyable for educators!"

Dr Lillian Castaneda

"I adopted and used this book this Fall 2010 semester. Mertler is an outstanding author/researcher. The on-line actvities and materials are outstanding. I will use it again."

Dr Carol Webb

"Comprehensive, yet cleanly written so that teachers and beginning administrators can immediately begin implementing an Action Research model for their schools. The additional web materials were extremely helpful and fun to use."

Dr Marjori Krebs

Needed step-by-step guide for an Independent Study Course. Student is purchasing book. Also, I personally know the author and respect his work! -

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412988896
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 353,026
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig A. Mertler is currently a Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. He teaches doctoral courses in action research, quantitative research methods, introductory statistical analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, and educational assessment methods. He is the author of 5 books, 4 invited book chapters, 15 refereed journal articles, and numerous nonrefereed articles and manuscripts. He has also presented numerous research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally.

Before teaching and researching at the university level, he taught high school biology and earth science, where he also coached track and volleyball and advised various student groups.
Dr. Mertler consults with schools and districts and conducts professional development sessions on classroom-based action research, professional learning communities, and on the broad topic of classroom assessment. His primary professional interests and areas of expertise include:

• classroom-based, teacher-led action research
• data-driven instructional decision making (at the P-12 level)
• professional learning communities
• classroom teachers’ assessment literacy, and
• assessment practices of classroom teachers

Dr. Mertler welcomes any and all opportunities to continue his work with schools. He can be reached at the University of West Georgia’s College of Education, Room 251 Education Center, Carrollton, GA 30118; cmertler@westga.edu.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments PART I. “WHAT IS ACTION RESEARCH?”
1. Introduction to Action Research
2. Overview of the Action Research Process PART II. “HOW DO I BEGIN MY ACTION RESEARCH STUDY?”
3. Planning for Action Research
4. Developing a Research Plan PART III. “WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THESE DATA?”
5. Collecting Data
6. Analyzing Data PART IV. “I’VE GOT RESULTS!...NOW WHAT?”
7. Developing an Action Plan
8. Sharing and Reflecting
9. Writing Up Action Research Appendix A. Sample Action Research Report: The Achievement Gap at Highland Park High School Appendix B. Sample Action Research Report: Motivation in Social Studies Glossary References Index About the Author

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