Practical Action Research for Change / Edition 2

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Convert frustrations into solvable problems through action research!

Action research provides a process for educators to individually and collectively study their own situations, try new practices, evaluate those innovations, adjust, and try again.

In this revised second edition, Richard Schmuck demonstrates how educators at all levels can use action research to improve their professional practice and change the culture of their schools, districts, or communities. He shows how educators, by reflecting on their past, present, and future practice, can convert frustrations into solvable problems.

This updated workbook covers both the proactive and the responsive models of action research and also includes:

-Easy-to-understand explanations of methods, steps, and phases
-A chapter devoted to questionnaires, interviews, observations, and public documents
-Guidelines for both solo and cooperative projects
-"How-to" worksheets that guide readers through the process
-Journal-writing activities at the end of every chapter
-Case studies of real action research projects

Practical Action Research for Change is the essential tool to help educators tailor action research to their specific situation and improve professional practice.

If teachers are looking to challenge themselves as educators and are not afraid of self-reflection and change, they should read this book! Within the pages, Richard Schmuck demonstrates how action research is concrete and practical. He shows how to carry out proactive and responsive research within real classrooms and teaches how to implement cooperative action research at different system levels of a school district.

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Editorial Reviews

Joseph Martin Stevenson
"This book is a modern catalyst for change in higher education. I have made it required reading for doctoral students, administrators, and faculty who must update their pedagogy to raise student learning."
Donna Walker Tileston
"This is a wonderful book for learning communities to use to self-evaluate prior to beginning new teaching techniques, and throughout the process."
Curriculum Connections
"A comprehensive tool to support learning communities as they endeavor to improve professional practice."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412938594
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/12/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Schmuck is professor emeritus at the University of Oregon, where he chaired thedissertations of 132 doctoral students who are from all parts of the world. He taught thousands of other educators worldwide about action research, group dynamics, and organization development. He has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, Temple University, and Leuven University (Belgium), was the first president of the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education.Schmuck is a visiting Professor at Arizona State University-West.

Schmuck is the author of 20 books and 190 articles. His best-known book is Group Processes in the Classroom (with Patricia Schmuck), nowin itseighth edition. He received The Stevens Award from the Northwest Women in Educational Administration to honor his support of women in administration and his "commitment to equity, justice, and democracy. "He received the Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council on Educational Administration for "superior scholarship, distinguished service, and recognized international leadership" and "to celebrate an extraordinary and generous career." Schmuck continues to teach, consult, and write.

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Table of Contents

1 Reflective professional practice 1
2 Educators and continuous improvement 17
3 Action research : definitions, models, steps, and phases 27
4 Research methods : procedures, instruments, special issues, and ethics 41
5 Proactive action research 59
6 Responsive action research 81
7 Group dynamics of cooperative action research 103
8 Types of cooperative action research 115
9 Prominent authors on action research 143
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