Guiding School Improvement with Action Research

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Overview

Action research, explored in this book, is a seven-step process for improving teaching and learning in classrooms at all levels. Through practical examples, research tools, and easy-to-follow "implementation strategies," Richard Sagor guides readers through the process from start to finish. Learn how to uncover and use the data that already exist in your classrooms and schools to answer significant questions about your individual or collective concerns and interests. Sagor covers each step in the action research process in detail: selecting a focus, clarifying theories, identifying research questions, collecting data, analyzing data, reporting results, and taking informed action.

Drawing from the experience of individual teachers, faculties, and school districts, Sagor describes how action research can enhance teachers' professional standing and efficacy while helping them succeed in settings characterized by increasingly diverse student populations and an emphasis on standards-based reform. The book also demonstrates how administrators and policymakers can use action research to bolster efforts related to accreditation, teacher supervision, and job-embedded staff development.

Part how-to guide, part inspirational treatise, Guiding School Improvement with Action Research provides advice, information, and encouragement to anyone interested in reinventing schools as learning communities and restructuring teaching as the true profession it was meant to be.

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Guiding School Improvement With Action Research presents a seven-step process for improving teaching and learning in classrooms at all grade levels. Using practical examples, and featuring research tools, and easy-to-follow "implementation strategies", educator Richard Sagor guides the readers through the process from start to finish, describing how action research can enhance a teacher's professional standing and efficacy while succeeding in settings characterized by an increasingly diverse student population. Guiding School Improvement With Action Research is highly recommended for students of education, novice and practicing classroom teachers, school administrators, school board members, education policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in educational practices and standards.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871203755
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 475,470
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Guiding School Improvement with Action Research

    This book is about action research and its many faces. It is a procedure-based text which guides the teacher-researcher from the beginning to end. It¿s practical nature presents familiar scenarios, tools and use-friendly strategies emphasizing the importance of using the Reflective Journal to find a focus for inquiry. Reading the book has helped me clarify my vision and set timelines for completing my own action research. The author shows how to do the best you can where you are with what you have.

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