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Action Research
Using Strategic Inquiry to Improve Teaching and Learning

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January 2017 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Action Research: Using Strategic Inquiry to Improve Teaching and Learning helps educators use research to guide decision-making and determine the effectiveness of various instructional strategies.  The book leads the reader through the action research process using a model of self-regulation, which focuses on task definition, goal setting and planning, enacting research, and adaption. Written specifically for educators who may not feel prepared to measure the impact of interventions on student learning outcomes, the book provides very practical and useful tools, containing specific examples that are relevant to teachers’ everyday reality.  The text also reinforces how action research can improve the teaching and learning process by reinforcing or changing perceptions about the use of informal data, including anecdotal notes or observations, in the research process.

 

 
PREFACE
Acknowledgments  
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
PHASE I—TASK DEFINITION
 
CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS ACTION RESEARCH?
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Research in the Age of Accountability  
Taking Action: Using the CAPES Framework  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Introducing the Research Log  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
PHASE II—GOAL SETTING AND PLANNING
 
CHAPTER 2: IDENTIFYING A RESEARCH TOPIC
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Choosing a Research Topic  
Taking Action: Developing the Research Topic  
Developing a Plan or a Product: Completing a Topic Proposal Form  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Developing a Topic  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
CHAPTER 3: CREATING A REVIEW OF LITERATURE
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Sources of Information  
Taking Action: Locating and Synthesizing Information  
Developing a Plan or a Product: Writing the Synthesis of Literature  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Annotated Bibliography Entries  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
CHAPTER 4: CREATING A RESEARCH PLAN
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Examining Characteristics and Components of Research Methods  
Taking Action: Developing a Preliminary Research Plan  
Developing a Plan or a Product: Initiating the Research Plan Proposal Form  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Research Plan (Pre-implementation)  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
CHAPTER 5: METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Choosing Data Collection Methods  
Validity and Reliability  
Sources of Data  
Taking Action: Selecting Data Collection Methods  
Developing a Plan or a Product: Revising the Research Plan Proposal Form and Creating a Timeline  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Revising the Research Plan and Timeline  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
PHASE III—ENACTING
 
CHAPTER 6: ANALYZING THE DATA
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Analyzing Your Data  
Taking Action: Selecting the Method of Data Analysis  
Developing a Plan or a Product: Completing the Research Plan Proposal Form and Timeline  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Final Research Plan and Timeline  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
PHASE IV—ADAPTATION
 
CHAPTER 7: REFLECTING ON RESULTS AND PLANNING FOR ACTION
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Reflecting on the Results of Action Research  
Taking Action: Creating a Plan for Action  
Developing a Plan or a Product: Completing a Plan of Action  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Reflecting on Results  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
CHAPTER 8: THE ACTION RESEARCH REPORT: SHARING RESULTS
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Determining the Audience, Format, and Outlet  
Taking Action: Crafting the Abstract and Policy Implication Statements  
Developing a Product: Creating the Action Research Report Outline, Presentation, and Summary  
Evaluating Against the Standards: Are You Ready to Move On?  
Moving Forward: Potential Challenges  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Action Research Summary  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
CHAPTER 9: LEADING A COLLABORATIVE ACTION RESEARCH TEAM
Guiding Questions  
Chapter Aims and Goals  
Setting the Context: Organizing for Collaborative Action Research  
Taking Action: Collaborative Action Research  
Developing the Product: Forming the Collaborative Action Research Team  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Case in Point: Developing a Collaborative Action Research Study  
Activities and Additional Resources  
 
APPENDIX A: EXAMPLES OF ACTION RESEARCH REPORTS
Examining the Impact of Readers’ Theater on Struggling Readers’ Fluency Levels  
Using an Investigation Model in Ninth-Grade Science Class: Impact on Lower-Level Readers  
 
APPENDIX B: POTENTIAL PUBLICATION OUTLETS FOR ACTION RESEARCH
 
GLOSSARY
 
INDEX

Supplements

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  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
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  • Video and multimedia links facilitate student use of internet resources and further exploration of topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter
Key features
KEY FEATURES:

  • The CAPES* Self-Regulatory framework process guides the reader through the relevant stages of the action research process, including identifying a topic to investigate, creating a synthesis of literature, developing a plan to collect and analyze data collection, sharing results, and, finally, reflecting on the next phase of the process. *The CAPES model presents a self-regulatory framework that teaches students to establish a Context for inquiry, take Action to complete a task associated with the stage of inquiry, create a Product and Evaluate it against a set of Standards.
  • Inclusion of a chapter focused on collaborative action research that instructional leaders will find useful for developing the capacity to facilitate and lead the action research process for a larger group.
  • Case in Point examples detail the process from the perspective of two teachers.
  • Voices from the Field narrative vignettes convey teachers' experiences conducting action research, from development of a plan and literature review, through data analysis and planning additional cycles.
  • “Note”-able Thoughts represent a way to encourage the reader to stop and think about how the content relates to prior knowledge or experience related to the chapter topic or to take a specific action that will help develop the artifact for the chapter.
  • TECH Connections highlight ways that technology can be used to facilitate the research process, including searching literature, collecting, storing, or analyzing data, or communicating with peers within the collaborative action research process.


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ISBN: 9781506307985