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Action Research
Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

Fifth Edition
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© 2017 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Craig Mertler’s proven text, Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators, introduces both novice and experienced practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research.  Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures.  Mertler’s book also focuses on the systematic use of student data to improve educators’ instructional effectiveness.  Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and other interested parties. 

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Part I. “What Is Action Research?”
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to Action Research
What Is Action Research?  
The Importance of Action Research  
Applications of Action Research  
Rigor in Action Research  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 1  
 
Chapter 2: Overview of the Action Research Process
Chapter 2 Organizer  
A Brief Example  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 2  
 
Part II: "How Do I Begin My Action Research Study?"
 
Chapter 3: Planning for Action Research & Reviewing Related Literature
Chapter 3 Organizer  
Identifying a Topic for Research  
Gathering Preliminary Information  
Reviewing the Related Literature  
Writing Up Action Research: Topics and Literature Reviews  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 3  
 
Chapter 4: Developing a Research Plan
Chapter 4 Organizer  
Research Questions  
Basic Research Designs  
Ethical Considerations in Your Research  
Getting Organized for Your Research  
Writing Up Action Research: The Research Plan  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 4  
 
Part III: "What Do I Do With All These Data?"
 
Chapter 5: Collecting Data
Chapter 5 Organizer  
Qualitative Data Collection Techniques  
Characteristics of Qualitative Data: Accuracy, Credibility, and Dependability  
Quantitative Data Collection Techniques  
Characteristics of Quantitative Data: Validity and Reliability  
Notes about Ethics and Data Collection  
Writing Up Action Research: Data Collection Methods  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 5  
 
Chapter 6: Analyzing Data
Chapter 6 Organizer  
Qualitative Data Analysis Techniques  
Quantitative Data Analysis Techniques  
A Note About Mixed-Methods Data Analysis  
Reporting the Results of Data Analysis  
Writing Up Action Research: Data Analysis  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 6  
 
Part IV: "Ive Got Results!... Now What?"
 
Chapter 7: Next Steps and Future Cycles: Developing an Action Plan
Chapter 7 Organizer  
Developing Action Plans  
Levels of Action Plans  
Action Planning: A Time for Reflection  
Writing Up Action Research: Action Plans  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 7  
 
Chapter 8: Writing an Action Research Report
Chapter 8 Organizer  
Conventions of Academic Writing  
A Word About Ethics When Writing Research Reports  
Practical Guidelines for Writing  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 8  
 
Chapter 9: Sharing and Reflecting
Chapter 9 Organizer  
Communicating the Results of Action Research  
Writing Up Action Research: Reflecting on Research  
Action Research Portrait 1  
Action Research Portrait 2  
Action Research Checklist 9  
Reflecting on the Action Research Process  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

SAGE edge for Instructors supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

 

  • A Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students' progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content and features.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing learning or allowing further research on important chapter topics
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Learning Objectives ?reinforce the most important materials
  • Web Resources direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics
  • The author introduction video is provided for further insights on Action Research.
  • Sample Action Research Reports are provided as examples to help you design your own reports.
  • Action Research Portraits from the text are provided as reference materials.
  • Developmental Templates cover important topics such as “5 Why Process” for Problem Identification, Planning Your Action Research Literature Review, Action Research Design Templates, Planning for Data Collection, Planning for Data Analysis, and Action Planning for Practical and Next Cycles of Action Research.
  • The Action Research Mentor App assists professional educators, as well as individuals in other professions, in designing action research studies for their particular settings. A link to the Action Research Mentor iTunes download page is provided for easy access.
Student Study Site

SAGE edge for students helps improve performance, enhance learning, and offers a personalized approach to coursework in an easy-to-use environment.

 

  • A customized action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course materials.
  • Learning Objectives ? reinforce the most important materials
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Web Resources direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics
  • The author introduction video is provided for further insights on Action Research.
  • Sample Action Research Reports are provided as examples to help you design your own reports.
  • Action Research Portraits from the text are provided as reference materials.
  • Developmental Templates cover important topics such as “5 Why Process” for Problem Identification, Planning Your Action Research Literature Review, Action Research Design Templates, Planning for Data Collection, Planning for Data Analysis, and Action Planning for Practical and Next Cycles of Action Research.
  • The Action Research Mentor App assists professional educators, as well as individuals in other professions, in designing action research studies for their particular settings. A link to the Action Research Mentor iTunes download page is provided for easy access.
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION
  • Social justice advocacy has been added as an important application of action research.
  • Two new complete action research reports have been added as Appendix A and Appendix B.
  • The discussion of rigor in Chapter 1 has been enhanced.
  • Additional coverage of ethics has been added to Chapters 2 and 3.
  • Expanded discussion on validity, reliability, and triangulation in Chapter 5.
  • The inclusion of abstracts has been incorporated into Chapter 8.
  • The “Writing Up Action Research” sections in Chapters 3-7 and 9 have been supplemented with call-out boxes highlighting the important aspects of each excerpt.
  • Revised developmental templates are included in Appendix C (and on the website). 

KEY FEATURES

  • Various examples of action research—together with the book’s attention to research methods and procedures that can be used in commonplace school settings—bring material vividly to life.
  • Its unique focus on action research as a means of engaging in customizable and meaningful professional development encourages educators to develop their own action research studies and projects.
  • Broad, balanced coverage makes this book an ideal resource for teachers, administrators, counselors, and intervention specialists alike.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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