Creating Equitable Classrooms Through Action Research / Edition 1

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Overview

Despite the best intentions of reform efforts, educational inequity continues to exist in public schools. Creating Equitable Classrooms Through Action Research confronts this challenge head-on and shows educators how they can use action research to both raise student achievement and strengthen instructional leadership. Ideal for both a first-time action research endeavor or one already in progress, this practical guidebook helps practitioners formulate specific research questions, collect and analyze data, and communicate their findings. Educators will discover: Ten action research studies on narrowing the achievement gap, Guidelines for implementing an action research project that supports culturally relevant instruction, Authentic examples for discussion and reflection. Invaluable for school district leaders, teachers, professional development schools, and preservice teachers, this resource for systemwide improvement efforts helps schools provide more equitable learning environments for all children.
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Editorial Reviews

ReadAlot.org
"Both the individual studies presented and the example of a school district investing in its teachers to create new solu­tions to enduring problems of schooling will provide the basis for dialogue and stimulate the creation of other opportunities for teachers to engage in action research in school districts across the country. "
Diane Yendol-Hoppey
"Recognizing the importance of race, class, gender, culture, and ability, the authors provide a window into the difficulties that professional educators grapple with as they face the challenge of teaching all children. This text is both authentic and practical, and itdemystifies issues of equity that pervade today's classrooms."
Terry Morganti-Fisher
"Action research of this caliber on the subject of equity is critically needed for all children tohave access to the same level of rigor and high standards.This is a must-read for districts who really want to turn action research into action that affects student learning."
Elizabeth Burmaster
"Provides teachers, principals, district administrators, and professional development specialists with compelling insight into the workings of a successful action research program, and offers ten excellent sample action research projects focused on increasing student achievement in diverse school settings. "
September 2007 Sir Reada Lot.org
"Both the individual studies presented and the example of a school district investing in its teachers to create new solu­tions to enduring problems of schooling will provide the basis for dialogue and stimulate the creation of other opportunities for teachers to engage in action research in school districts across the country."
From the Foreword by Elizabeth Burmaster
"Provides teachers, principals, district administrators, and professional development specialists with compelling insight into the workings of a successful action research program, and offers ten excellent sample action research projects focused on increasing student achievement in diverse school settings."
September 2007 SirReadaLot.org
"Both the individual studies presented and the example of a school district investing in its teachers to create new solu­tions to enduring problems of schooling will provide the basis for dialogue and stimulate the creation of other opportunities for teachers to engage in action research in school districts across the country."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412936675
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 728,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Elizabeth Burmaster     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
About the Editors     xvii
About the Contributors     xix
How Action Research can Promote Equity
Classroom Action Research With a Focus on Equity   Cathy Caro-Bruce   Mary Klehr     3
Implementing a School District Action Research Program   Cathy Caro-Bruce   Mary Klehr     12
Action Research Studies
Been There, Done That: Student Inquiry About High School Dropouts   Erik J. Shager     29
What Strategies Can I Incorporate So That the English Language Learners in My Classroom Will Better Understand Oral Directions?   Shannon Richards     59
Understanding High School Black Male Students' Achievement and School Experience   Quynh T. Nguyen     78
What Teacher Behaviors Encourage One At-Risk African American Boy to Be a Productive Member of Our Classroom Community?   Barbara Williams     100
But Then It Got Real   Jane Hammatt Kavaloski     125
We Want to Work With Our Friends   Diane Coccari     156
Ribbons, Racism, and a Placenta: The Challenges and Surprises of Culturally Relevant Teaching   Kate Lyman     170
Conclusions on Using aConstructivist Approach in a Heterogeneous Classroom   Van E. Valaskey     202
Using African American Students' Preference for Working in Self-Selected Partnerships to Promote Math Achievement   Julie Melton     231
Crossing Bridges of Culture, Color, and Language   Denise M. Hanson     254
Conclusion
Tying It All Together: Implications for Classrooms, Schools, and Districts   Ryan Flessner   Kenneth Zeichner   Kalani Eggington     277
Index     297
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