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Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities

Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities

January 2020 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Action Research for Classrooms, Schools, and Communities is a core textbook for the action research course. This book addresses the trend toward high-stakes testing and teacher accountability by focusing on understanding student outcomes. With edTPA rapidly becoming part of the requirements for teacher certification, teacher preparation programs will increasingly be looking to measure the impact of the teacher candidate on student learning. The book focuses on the potential for action research to lead to greater understanding about student outcomes from the perspective of teachers, school leaders, and community members. There is a special emphasis on helping pre-service and experienced teachers use action research to understand their impact on student learning. There is an emphasis on using action research to understand community impacts on schools; unlike other books, this text acknowledges the complex ecology linking classrooms, schools, and the community, especially regarding issues fundamental to school reform.
Part I: A Call to Action
Chapter 1~Defining: Action Research in Contemporary Contexts
Defining Action Research

Action Research and the Context of Contemporary School Reform

Complex Educational Systems

Systems Theory

Rationale for Action Research

Defining Action Research

Main Features of Action Research

Change as the Desired Outcome

Chapter 2~Exploring: Various Approaches to Action Research
"Something That Matters"

Approaches to Educational Research

Identifying an Action Research Topic: Problem Posing and Reflection

Action Research Case Studies and Understanding Your Impact on Student Learning

Collaborative Action Research Projects

Action Research Across the Educational System

Methodological Approaches

Part II: Planning an Action Research Study
Chapter 3~Seeking: Literature Review and Theoretical Frameworks
Planning Your Study

Guiding Theoretical Frameworks

Selected Theories

Action Research Compared to Traditional Educational Research

Chapter 4~Planning: Research Questions and Ethics

Problem Posing: Developing Research Questions

Planning for Data Collection

Choosing Between Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Ethical Concerns

Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

Part III: Collecting and Analyzing Data
Chapter 5~Gathering Data: Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection
Qualitative Data Collection

Focus Group Interviews

Planning for Interviews and Focus Group Interviews

Action Researcher Journal

Document Analysis and Unobtrusive Approaches to Data Collection

Visual Approaches to Data Collection

Triangulating Data Collection

Chapter 6~Analyzing: Understanding through Qualitative Data Analysis
Data Analysis and Action Research

Procedures for Data for Qualitative Analysis

Understanding Validity and "Trustworthiness"

Chapter 7~Counting: Quantitative Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis
Working with Assessment Data

Surveys and Questionnaires

Statistical Analysis

Quantitative Content Analysis

Mixed Methods Approaches

Part IV: Sharing Findings
Chapter 8~Writing: Reflection and the Action Research Report
Reflection on Findings

Action Research as "Risky Business"

Alternatives to Traditional Written Reports

Advocating for Yourself and Others


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