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More and more, classroom teachers are using action research strategies to tackle basic issues and daily dilemmas-everything from designing their own professional development to reshaping instructional practice. Through their support of teachers who are eager to take up this work, Ellen Meyers and Frances Rust have found that the challenges to the reform of public schools are most likely to surface in three areas: resources needed to meet standards, conditions of the workplace, and status of the teaching profession. Their book is a lucid guide for teachers to address these and other problems in classrooms and beyond; to ask the right questions and design and implement research to find answers; and to use this data to effect change.
Every chapter contains rich examples of teacher research in action.
The studies in this book are part of the work of the Teachers Network Policy Institute, whose mission is to give teachers an active voice in education policy making. For more information, contact www.teachersnetwork.org. All proceeds support the Teachers Network Policy Institute.
Our Unfinished Story: Rising to the Challenge of New High Standards, M. Wayne
The Early Literacy Club: Building Excellence Through Collaboration, J. Fung
The Mother Tongue: The Role of Parent-Teacher Communication in Helping Students Reach New Standards, L. Goldstone
Time and Choice - A Winning Combination, C. Tureski
Outcomes of Reduced Class Size in High School Math Classrooms, N. Warikoo
The Empire State Strikes Back: Portfolio Culture in the Regents Era, J. Price
Bringing the Voice of Teachers into Education Policy, E. Meyers & F. Rust