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Action Research in Education

Action Research in Education
Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry

Second Edition

December 2012 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Action Research in Education is an essential guide for any lecturer, teacher or student-teacher interested in doing research.

This exciting new edition of a popular text is an important resource for any education professional interested in investigating learning and teaching. Building on the success of Action Research in the Classroom, the authors have revised, updated and extended this book to include examples from further and higher education.

It maps out easy-to-follow steps for usefully applying an action research approach and is full of practical tips and examples of real-life practitioner research projects from a range of schools, colleges and universities.

This book will help teachers to:

  • Understand and apply practitioner inquiry
  • Enhance their problem-solving skills
  • Locate their own activity in a wider context
  • Maximize opportunities to develop practice
  • Evaluate the needs of their learners

Clear, pragmatic and timely, this is a must-have text for all teachers and students of education.

Introducing Practitioner Enquiry
Understanding Practitioner Enquiry
Ways of Being a Practitioner Enquirer: Beliefs, Ethics and Practice
How to Do a Practitioner Enquiry: Finding and Refining a Question
How to Do a Practitioner Enquiry: Deciding on an Approach and Complementary Methods
Taking Account of Learner Perspectives in Your Enquiry
Exploring Your Own and Your Colleagues' Professional Knowledge
Engaging with the Views of Families and the Wider Community
Making Sense of It, Making Connections and Bringing It Together
Sharing Your Findings, Finding New Questions

Book is detailed however i was looking for more information on the post 16 age group within education

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
March 20, 2014

This book is very current and offers critical enquiry into the methods of practitioner enquiry, but most importantly, consideration of the various approaches, and engagement with learners, colleagues, and the wider community. This is a key feature which is rarely covered in the topic of action research, but is a paramount consideration for all practitioners.

Miss Leanne Humphries
Media Depatrment, South Staffordshire College
February 18, 2014

Supported students understanding of real research and the impact this has upon practice

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
November 29, 2013

This book gave valuable and accessible information for emergent teachers doing classroom based research. Excellent.

Ms Jane Noble
Early years and primary, Institute of Education
November 8, 2013

The look and layout of this text is attractive and would encourage students to borrow it from the library. A slight critique is a possible over-emphasis on 'experience' and an under-emphasis on research-based evidence. However, there is a lot of good material present that would certainly help get some students started more confidently in doing research.

Dr Sue Howarth
Institute of Education, Worcester University
October 21, 2013

In depth guide to research however may be too detailed for those on the level 3/4 PTLLS/CTLLS courses

Mr Adrian Stanfield
Basford Hall College, New College Nottingham
September 7, 2013

This text fluidly covers the fundamentals required for effective AR.

Mr Neville Crouch
Department of Secondary Education, Greenwich University
July 8, 2013

A useful book for my students researching for the first time at Master’s level. Clearly explained and well illustrated.

Mrs Irene Scott
Faculty , Chester University
May 31, 2013

Really good book for student use.

Mrs Evelyn Dolby
Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire
May 15, 2013

This will be a useful book for my strudents to dip into as they embark on their final year dissertation, which is an action research project.

Mr Ian Barrett
Education Department, London Metropolitan University (City Campus)
May 1, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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