Collaborative Action Research: Developing Professional Learning Communities

Collaborative Action Research: Developing Professional Learning Communities

by Stephen Gordon
     
 

This timely book describes the work of the School Improvement Network, a partnership in which university professors and graduate students collaborated with K-12 school leaders and teachers to design, implement, and assess schoolwide action research projects focused on long-term school improvement. Presenting a comprehensive model, this resource can be used as an

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This timely book describes the work of the School Improvement Network, a partnership in which university professors and graduate students collaborated with K-12 school leaders and teachers to design, implement, and assess schoolwide action research projects focused on long-term school improvement. Presenting a comprehensive model, this resource can be used as an orientation to what action research is all about and as a map to guide participants through the process of action research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807748985
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
09/05/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Emily F. Calhoun     vii
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: The Power of Collaborative Action Research   Stephen P. Gordon     1
The University's Role
Developing Partnership: The Early Stages of Collaborative Action Research   Miguel A. Guajardo     15
Becoming a Critical Friend   Sarah W. Nelson     26
Collaborative Action Research as a Laboratory for Graduate Education   Charles L. Slater     46
Critical Engagement for Collaborative Action Research   John Smyth     58
The School's Role
Characteristics of More and Less Successful Action Research Programs   Stephen P. Gordon   Suzanne M. Stiegelbauer   Julie Diehl     79
Readiness for Collaborative Action Research   Marla W. McGhee   Michael Boone     95
The Dimensions of Implementation: From Plans to Action   Suzanne M. Stiegelbauer     112
Action Research to Improve School Culture and Climate   Jane Ross     134
In the Beginning: Action Research in a New School   Barbara Davis   Iris Escandon     146
Conclusion: What We've Learned: Suggestions for Universities and Schools   Stephen P. Gordon     163
Sample Literature Review   Miguel A. Guajardo     179
References     185
About the Contributors     196
Index     200

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