Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators / Edition 4

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Overview

This fully updated Fourth Edition of Craig Mertler’s Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use with their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Emphasizing the integration of professional reflection throughout the process and action research as job-embedded professional development, Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties. This Fourth Edition adds coverage of high-interest topics, such as teacher empowerment and evaluation, Google Scholar, mixed-methods research designs, ethics, and more.

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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! -
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452244426
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 69,321
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig A. Mertler is currently a Professor and Dean of the Ross College of Education at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. He has been an educator for 28 years, 18 of those in higher education. He teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development, and also teaches quantitative research methods, introductory statistical analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, and educational assessment methods. He is the author of 15 books, four invited book chapters, 17 refereed journal articles, two instructors' manuals, and numerous nonrefereed articles and manuscripts. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research and on the broad topic of classroom assessment. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, professional learning communities, and classroom teachers' assessment literacy. Before teaching and researching at the university level, he taught high school biology and earth science, and also coached track and volleyball. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf.

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Table of Contents

Part I: “What Is Action Research?”
Chapter 1: Introduction to Action Research
Chapter 2: Overview of the Action Research Process
Part II: “How Do I Begin My Action Research Study?”
Chapter 3: Planning for Action Research
Chapter 4: Developing a Research Plan
Part III: “What Do I Do With All These Data?”
Chapter 5: Collecting Data
Chapter 6: Analyzing Data
Part IV: “I’ve Got Results!...Now What?”
Chapter 7: Next Steps and Future Cycles: Developing an Action Plan
Chapter 8: Writing an Action Research Report
Chapter 9: Sharing and Reflecting

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