A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Research / Edition 4

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Overview

  • How do we conduct classroom research?
  • Why is classroom research valuable to teachers and schools?
  • How does classroom research contribute to teaching, learning and school transformation?

The fourth edition of this bestselling book is a practical guide for teachers that wish to conduct research in their classrooms and for schools that wish to improve their practice. Classroom research, as described in this book, will enable teachers to enhance their own or their colleagues’ teaching, to test the assumptions of educational theory in practice and to implement and evaluate whole school developments.

Comprehensively revised and updated, changes to the new edition include:

  • A major re-working of the last four chapters
  • Comprehensive description of how to conduct classroom research
  • Two new chapters on analyzing and reporting research
  • Updated case study examples and cameos
  • The contribution of teacher research in enhancing personalized learning and school transformation

The book also explores models of teaching and learning; methods for collecting, analyzing and reporting data; and the ways in which classroom research can be published and linked to the curriculum, teaching and staff development.

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Editorial Reviews

Australian Association for Research in Education
Hopkins mounts a strong case for teachers as researchers and provides a careful and well structured guide to practice.
Education Research and Perspectives
Hopkins' book is one that should be on the shelves of teacher educators with an involvement in both pre- and in-service work. The purpose of the book is to provide practical guidance to teachers on how to reflect critically on the professional work and context as part of their day-to-day work and the ongoing process of development in their professional competence. The author succeeds admirably in this task... It can be fully recommended both for teachers and students.
Booknews
Hopkins (Department for Education and Skills, UK) intends this text to be a practical guide for teachers who want to conduct research in their classrooms and schools in order to improve their teaching practices. For the third edition, the author has generally revised and updated the text, added examples and cameos reflective of the increased focus on teaching and learning, and completely rewritten the last three chapters. The text includes case studies of teacher- based research, and provides arguments in support of such research, practical information on formulating and initiating research, the principles and practice of classroom observation and other ways to gather data on classroom behavior, methods for analyzing data, and applications of research findings to the curriculum, teaching and staff development. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335221745
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hopkins is the inaugural HSBC iNET Chair in International Leadership at the Institute of Education, University of London. Between 2002 and 2005 he served three Secretary of States as the Chief Adviser on School Standards at the Department for Education and Skills. He is the author of Every School a Great School (Open University Press, 2007) and is also an International Mountain Guide who still climbs regularly in the Alps and Himalayas.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition
Acknowledgements

A teacher’s guide to classroom research
Classroom research in action
Why classroom research by teachers?
Action research and classroom research by teachers
Developing a focus
Principles of classroom observation
Methods of observation in classroom research
Data gathering
Analysing classroom research data
Reporting classroom research
Teaching and learning as the heartland of classroom research
Teacher research, the creation of professional learning communities and the transformation of schooling

Appendix: Ethics for classroom research
References
Index

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