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Action Research

Action Research
Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

Seventh Edition

August 2024 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators, Seventh Edition introduces both beginning and experienced educators to the process of designing and conducting classroom-based action research. This practical text focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Using over 20 years of teaching experience, author Craig A. Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders. This text follows the action research process, starting with background and overviews, moving onto planning for the project and analyzing data. Two separate chapters on writing up a report and sharing the results keep the focus on practicality and using the results to improve classrooms. This 7th edition has been updated with a new Action Research Case Studies featuring the move to virtual instruction for the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Throughout, the author had added more on alternative strategies for disseminating research, and expanded discussion of research topics, problems, questions, data, and analysis. Finally, the entire book has also been updated for the 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to be current with the latest best practices in research.
Part I • What Is Action Research?
Chapter 1 • Introduction to Action Research
Chapter 2 • Overview of the Action Research Process
Part II • How Do I Begin My Action Research Study?
Chapter 3 • Planning for Action Research and Reviewing Related Literature
Chapter 4 • Developing a Research Plan
Part III • What Do I Do With All These Data?
Chapter 5 • Collecting Data
Chapter 6 • Analyzing Data
Part IV • I’ve Got Results! . . . Now What?
Chapter 7 • Next Steps and Future Cycles: Developing an Action Plan
Chapter 8 • Writing an Action Research Report
Chapter 9 • Sharing and Reflecting
Appendix A. Sample Action Research Report: Differentiated Spelling: Using Small Group Instruction
Appendix B. Sample Action Research Report: Implementing Personal Devices in Math
Appendix C. Action Research Developmental Templates

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ISBN: 9781071849460