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Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, Third Edition

Geoffrey E. Mills

This text provides a step-by-step, how-to approach of "doing" action research—backed by the most extensive theory and research coverage on the market today. The author guides future and current educators through the action research process with numerous concrete illustrations and a wealth of on-line resources, positioning action research as a fundamental component of teaching alongside curriculum development, assessment, and classroom management.

Key changes in the new edition of this market-leading text are:

More Balanced Coverage of Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Techniques

  • NEW! Increased coverage of the most frequently used quantitative data collection techniques in action research, including teacher-made tests, standardized tests, and report cards, is included in Chapter 3, "Data Collection Techniques."

More Balanced Coverage of How to Analyze Both Quantitative and Qualitative Data

  • Chapter 6, "Data Analysis and Interpretation," and Appendix B, "Descriptive Statistics and Action Research," guide students through the data analysis process and provide techniques, coding guidelines, and examples for analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • NEW! An expanded discussion of descriptive statistics in Appendix B includes step-by-step guidance on how to calculate standard deviation by hand with the help of a calculator rather than using SPSS.

Rearranged Order of Chapters Pertaining to Writing and Sharing of Action Research

  • NEW! "Writing Up Action Research" (Chapter 8) precedes, "Sharing, Critiquing, and Celebrating Action Research" (Chapter 9) to present a more logical and clearer path to understanding.

Separate Chapter Completely Devoted to Ethics

  • NEW! Chapter 5 provides an expanded discussion of ethical issues, principles, and guidelines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131722767
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/14/2006
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Understanding action research 1
Ch. 2 Deciding on an area of focus 22
Ch. 3 Data collection techniques 50
Ch. 4 Data collection considerations : validity, reliability, and generalizability 80
Ch. 5 Ethics 100
Ch. 6 Data analysis and interpretation 116
Ch. 7 Action planning for educational change 140
Ch. 8 Writing up action research 162
Ch. 9 Sharing, critiquing, and celebrating action research online 188
App. A Action research in action : a case study of Curtis Elementary School and an article critique 211
App. B Descriptive statistics and action research 223
App. C Displaying data visually 231
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