Empowering the Voice of the Teacher Researcher: Achieving Success through a Culture of Inquiry

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Empowering the Voice of the Teacher Researcher describes one school's initiatives to use collaborative communities and action research to empower teacher research and a culture of collective inquiry. The first-person accounts of teacher's experiences with action research provide examples of profound possibilities for professional growth.

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Overview

Empowering the Voice of the Teacher Researcher describes one school's initiatives to use collaborative communities and action research to empower teacher research and a culture of collective inquiry. The first-person accounts of teacher's experiences with action research provide examples of profound possibilities for professional growth.

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Katzenmeyer
This book will energize teacher leaders who want to make a difference in their schools. Crocco and Brindley and the teacher contributors make the process of Action Research real, clear and doable. The thing I like most about this book is the authenticity of the teachers' voices in discussing their experiences. Teacher leaders, as well as their administrators, will benefit from the specific strategies and insights shared. Teachers need handy resources, and this book provides a wealth of them.
Ruth B. Reilly
This book tells the story of the power of teachers collaborating together to restructure the way of work within their school to address the complex issues that exist between their current reality and high levels of learning for all students. It gives us hope for what might be possible in any school when a visionary administration creates a culture of trust and empowerment.
Diane Yendol-Hoppey
This book provides powerful examples of how school-based educators introduce and come to embrace the practices of community and inquiry within their own schools. The authors, practicing teachers, principals, and university faculty, allow the reader to peak into their world, understand the felt difficulties of educators today, and glean important insights about how their schools become better places for children as a result of their systematic and intentional study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607099673
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Neilson Brindley is an Associate Professor and the Interim Associate Director of USF World and the Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida. He believes master teachers have a remarkable set of skills, and his teaching and research is committed to extending effective pedagogy in teacher education. Christine Crocco brings nineteen years of classroom teaching and over a decade of district office experience to her position as Assistant Director of the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida. Chris is passionate about supporting administrators and teachers in creating the structures for job-embedded staff development.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Nancy Fichtman Dana v

Acknowledgments ix

Part I Exploring the Key Concepts

1 Promoting Teachers as Thoughtful, Proactive, and Effective Decision Makers! Roger Brindley Christine Crocco 3

2 Professional Learning Communities: Setting the Stage for Collaboration Christine Crocco 8

3 Demystifying Action Research: A Practical Explanation for Teacher Researchers Roger Brindley 18

Part II Creating a Culture of Inquiry

4 The Perspectives of a School Administration Chris Christoff Matt Gruhl 35

Part III Practitioner Research Chapters

5 Coming Full Circle: Describing a Year of Action Research Leslie Frick 59

6 Service Learning and Action Research: Developing a Course that Sparked the Flame of Citizenship Cindy Tehan Janet Tolson 69

7 Action Research" You've Got to Be Kidding Me Danielle Lawrence 78

8 Write-On: Using Research Data to Improve Student Achievement Karen Zantop 84

9 Action Research: Motivating Middle School Students Karen Wood 90

10 A Splash of Color with a Dash of Discovery Makes One Great Shade Lisa Fisher 96

Part IV Affirming the Voice of the Teacher Researcher

11 Reflecting Back on a Year of Growth: The Results of Thoughtful, Proactive, and Effective Teacher Research Christine Crocco Roger Brindley 109

About the Editors 117

About the Contributors 119

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