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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.
"The conversational tone of this book takes a “scary” research course and makes it accessible—even enjoyable for educators!"
"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."
"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."
Needed step-by-step guide for an Independent Study Course. Student is purchasing book. Also, I personally know the author and respect his work! -
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