Self-Study Teacher Research

Self-Study Teacher Research
Improving Your Practice Through Collaborative Inquiry

Companion Website

© 2011 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Offer novice and experienced teachers guidelines for the "how" and "why" to do self-study teacher research

Designed to help teachers plan, implement, and assess a manageable self-study research project, this unique textbook covers the foundation, history, theoretical underpinnings, and methods of self-study research. Written in a reader-friendly style and filled with interactive activities and examples, this book helps teachers every step of the way as they plan and conduct their studies. Author Anastasia Samaras encourages readers to think deeply about both the "how" and the "why" of this essential professional development tool as they pose questions and formulate personal theories to improve professional practice.

Key Features

  • A Self-Study Project Planner assists teachers in understanding both the details and process of conducting self-study research.
  • A Critical Friends Portfolio includes innovative critical collaborative inquiries to support the completion of a high quality final research project.
  • Advice from the most senior self-study academics working in the U.S. and internationally is included, along with descriptions of the self-study methodology that has been refined over time.
  • Examples demonstrate the connections between self-study research, teachers' professional growth, and their students' learning.
  • Tables, charts, and visuals help readers see the big picture and stay organized.

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A Student Study Site at offers a wealth of resources, including additional examples and activities, web-based resources, study questions, and key terms.

Intended Audience

Self-Study Teacher Research: Improving Your Practice Through Collaborative Inquiry is intended as a core textbook for a wide variety of courses in the education curriculum, including Action Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Research Methods in Education, and the capstone/teacher researcher course required of all early childhood, elementary, and secondary education majors.

1. Understanding Self-Study: What and Why
What is Self-Study Teacher Research?  
What Self-Study Teacher Research is Not  
Why Conduct Self-Study Teacher Research?  
Key Ideas  
2. Overview of the Self-Study Process: What and How
Self-Study Research Project Planner  
Self-Study Research Project Timeline  
Self-Study Teacher Research Exemplar Brief  
3. The Self-Study Community: When and Where and Who
Culture of the Self-Study Community  
Paradigm Shift  
Influence, Confluence, and Divergence  
Important Events in Outgrowth of Self-Study School  
Critique and Sustainability  
Key Ideas  
4. The Self-Study Research Methodology: Why and How
Characteristics of Self-Study Research  
Five Foci Framework: Methodological Components of Self-Study Research  
Key Ideas  
5. Self-Study Methods: How
Choosing a Self-Study Method  
Challenges in Choosing a Method  
Key Ideas  
6. Design
Design Matters  
Seven Key Design Components  
Key Ideas  
7. Protect
Questioning the Ethics of Your Study  
School Division Review  
The Role of Professional Organizations  
Standards of Research Ethics  
Institutional Review Boards  
Key Ideas  
8. Organize Data
Alignment of Data with Question  
Overlapping Research Phases  
Key Ideas  
9. Collect Data
Data Gathering Techniques  
Alternative Data Gathering Techniques  
Quantifiable Data  
Key Ideas  
10. Analyze Data
Research as a Recursive Act  
Coding Families  
Categories and Connections  
Grounded Theory and the Constant Comparative Method  
Concept Maps  
Computer Software Tools  
Key Ideas  
11. Assess Research Quality
Multiple Sources of Data  
Transparency, validation, exemplars, and trustworthiness  
Key Ideas  
12. Write
Some Friendly Writing Advice  
Writing Your Research Report  
Writing Your Abstract  
Welcoming Peer Critique  
Key Ideas  
13. Present and Publish
The Importance of Presenting Your Research  
Challenge the Status Quo of Presentations  
Pointers for Presenting  
Writing Your Self-Study Proposal  
Advice for Presenting  
The Proposal Review Process  
Advice for Getting Published  
Key Ideas  
Closing Remarks
Appendix A: Sample of a Self-Study Teacher Research Exemplar Brief
Appendix B: Self-Study is Not Just for Classroom Teachers
About the Author


Student Study Site
This companion site will include additional activities, examples, web resources, study questions and key terms.

"It’s a very practical, helpful book for those learning to do self-study research."

Karl Wheatley
Cleveland State University

"The author of this book has done a stunning job of pulling together a mass of material, peppering it with sage advice, and presenting it in a comprehensible and engaging way that is sure to attract the attention of would-be researchers in the self-study and teacher research veins."

Cheryl Craig
University of Houston

"Among the pedagogical volumes I have perused, Self-Study Teacher Research is the sanest. Within religion, I commend it mainly to fledgling instructors or mid-career professors seeking a fresh start."

Suzanne Morrison
Ohio Northern University
Teaching Theology & Religion

Useful for New Adjunct professor training

Dr Carlton Lawrence
Management Dept, Colorado Technology University - Denver
October 25, 2010

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