The Action Research Guidebook
A Four-Stage Process for Educators and School Teams
- Richard D. Sagor - Washington State University, USA
Action Research | Continuing Professional Development | Decision Making Tools
The book is organized around Sagor's four stage process developed from his many years of experience training hundreds of educators. The four stages are:
1. Clarifying visions/targets
2. Articulating theory
3. Implementing action and collecting data 4. Reflecting on data and planning informed action.
The book includes numerous tables, charts, handouts, forms, and worksheets to demystify and simplify the action research process. Short examples drawn from the author's experience working on-one-on with teachers on their action research projects are also included – from raising reading proficiency to increasing the problem solving capacity of faculty members. Sagor shows how teacher teams can work collaboratively to identify and research problems related to the school's goals.
Appropriate for use by individual teachers and teacher teams, as well as by preservice teachers in teacher education courses. Headteachers, counsellors, and other educators will also find the action research process useful for school improvement.
"This new edition is simply outstanding! The descriptions, metaphors, and modeling of an everyday approach to the inquiry cycle reflect Sagor’s deep understanding of the current challenges educators face in integrating action research into their practices."
"Richard Sagor is one of a very small group of academic educators writing today who authentically and profoundly bridges the gap between research and practice. His conception of action research, developed over decades of experience with thousands of educators, is clear, robust and flexible. This book is both intelligent and accessible, and is fun to read and use."
Excellent, step-by step method, with great illustrations.
Can be immediately implemented in classes.
Became the core guide for an Equity and Social Justice in Education course that I decided to carry out via an action research framework
a useful supplementary textbook for those undertaking action research: some prior knowledge needed though to access it fully.