This accessible, pragmatic text shows educators step by step how to conduct classroom- and school-based studies to improve instructional practices. The book presents methods and strategies for implementing each stage of the action research cycle, providing balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Readers learn how to: select and define a research topic; develop a literature review; choose a design; formulate data collection strategies; design and/or evaluate assessment tools; and interpret, analyze, and report study results. Helpful examples and vignettes depict a variety of real-world teaching and learning situations, school subjects, and age groups (PreK-12). Pedagogical Features *Exercises and activities in every chapter. *Checklists, guidelines, and templates that enable busy educators to self-assess the progress and quality of their studies. *Example boxes illustrating the components of an action research report. *Summary tables highlighting key aspects of different research strategies. *Chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.
A Practical Guide
Author: Sara Efrat Efron,Ruth Ravid
Publisher: Guilford Press
A practical, down-to-earth guide for those who work in teaching and learning in universities, this book will be indispensable reading for those who would like to carry out action research on their own practice. Lin S Norton's concept of 'pedagogical action research' has come from over twenty years' experience of carrying out such research, and more than six years of encouraging colleagues to carry out small scale studies at an institutional, national and international level. This accessible text illustrates what might be done to improve teaching/supporting learning by carrying out action research to address such questions such as: What can I do to enthuse my students? What can I do to help students become more analytical? How can I help students to link theory with their practice? What can I do to make my lecturing style more accessible? What is going wrong in my seminars when my students don't speak? Action Research for Teaching and Learning offers readers practical advice on how to research their own practice in a higher education context. It has been written specifically to take the reader through each stage of the action research process with the ultimate goal of producing a research study which is publishable. Cognisant of the sector’s view on what is perceived to be ‘mainstream research’, the author has also written a substantial theoretical section which justifies the place of pedagogical action research in relation to reflective practice and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
A Practical Guide to Conducting Pedagogical Research in Universities
Author: Lin Norton
Practical and down-to-earth, the second edition of Action Research in Learning and Teaching is an ideal introduction to the subject, offering a distinctive blend of the theoretical and the practical grounded firmly in the global Higher Education landscape. Written in an accessible style to build confidence, it provides easily adaptable, practical frameworks, guidelines and advice on research practice within a higher education context. The reader is guided through each stage of the action research process from engaging with the critical theory to the practical applications with the ultimate goal of providing a research study which is publishable. Supplemented by useful pedagogical research tools and exemplars of both qualitative and quantitative action research studies, this new edition features: chapters engaging with teaching excellence and analysing qualitative and quantitative research, additions to the resources section and a new preface focusing more explicitly on the ever-growing number of part-time academics Action Research in Teaching and Learning combines a theoretical understanding of the scholarly literature with practical applications and is essential, critical read for any individual teaching or undertaking action research.
A Practical Guide to Conducting Pedagogical Research in Universities
Author: Lin S. Norton
You don't need a tweed jacket to be a researcher—in thousands of schools across North America, practising teachers conduct studies on best practices, alternative approaches, and effective learning strategies. Classroom teachers have experiences and opportunities unavailable to researchers in a university setting, and action research—site-based, teacher-conducted research—can have a valuable impact on the educational community. Yet many teachers don't see their work as real research, and many other teachers have great ideas for research projects but don't know where to begin. For these teachers, Engaging in Action Research demystifies the world of educational research and provides support, guidance, and encouragement. From creating a research plan to reporting findings, this book provides step-by-step instructions to help teachers conduct research projects in the classroom, using strategies that work. Get ready to investigate, analyze, and share!
A Practical Guide to Teacher-Conducted Research for Educators and School Leaders
Author: Jim Parsons,Kurtis Hewson,Lorna Adrian,Nicole Day
Publisher: Brush Education
This hands-on, practical guide for ESL/EFL teachers and teacher educators outlines, for those who are new to doing action research, what it is and how it works. Straightforward and reader friendly, it introduces the concepts and offers a step-by-step guide to going through an action research process, including illustrations drawn widely from international contexts. Specifically, the text addresses: action research and how it differs from other forms of research the steps involved in developing an action research project ways of developing a research focus methods of data collection approaches to data analysis making sense of action research for further classroom action. Each chapter includes a variety of pedagogical activities: Pre-Reading questions ask readers to consider what they already know about the topic Reflection Points invite readers to think about/discuss what they have read action points ask readers to carry out action-research tasks based on what they have read Classroom Voices illustrate aspects of action research from teachers internationally Summary Points provide a synopsis of the main points in the chapter Bringing the 'how-to' and the 'what' together, Doing Action Research in English Language Teaching is the perfect text for BATESOL and MATESOL courses in which action research is the focus or a required component.
A Guide for Practitioners
Author: Anne Burns
"As the lead teacher for student voice and participation, this publication has already become an invaluable guide and resource. The book can be used to strengthen, invigorate and champion school councils and pupil voice so much valued by Ofsted. The practical strategies given for how to involve young people in key decision making are easy to follow and will produce solid and impressive results quickly." Shaun Sedgwick, Assistant Headteacher - Aldridge School This practical two-in-one classroom resource has everything you need to introduce action research in your own educational setting and will help you strengthen pupil voice in your school. You can familiarize yourself with the basics of pupil action research in the accessible Teacher Guide, while your students will be ready to start their research using the downloadable Pupil Resource Packs on the accompanying CD-ROM. The pupil resources are differentiated for primary pupils and secondary students and produced in colour. They contain ready made templates for action research assignments and offer fun, basic handbooks for children and young people to use when embarking on their research, in partnership with a senior member of staff. The resource will enable pupils to feel more confident when in discussion with external visitors, such as OFSTED inspectors. Rita Cheminais' practical resource will enable you to: Understand the concept, principles and process of pupil-led action research Identify the most appropriate action research approaches to use Unlock the potential of pupils to search for evidence to inform whole school decision-making and bring about change Further develop and build upon existing good practice in pupil-led research Explore the potential to gain a national Change for Children AwardChildren and Young People as Action Researchers is packed with useful information and practical advice, as well as signposting pupils and teachers to further reading, websites and resources. Teachers overseeing pupils' undertaking action research in primary and secondary schools, academies, PRU's, FE and Sixth Form colleges will find it indispensable.
A practical guide to supporting pupil voice in schools
Author: Cheminais, Rita
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Assuming no prior knowledge of research methods and techniques, this book is the perfect companion for teachers at all levels undergoing professional development who need to enhance their formal reflection skills. Providing a detailed explanation of what action research is and its importance in terms of whole school development, this book invites the teachers to try out educational research for themselves and adopt an investigative attitude that will help improve and evaluate practice. It includes: * Support and guidance that help you tackle key issues * "Real-life" practical case studies that underline what action research is and how it can be effectively used.
A Practical Guide
Author: Jean McNiff,Jack Whitehead
This interactive edition of the widely popular resource features separate chapters introducing quantitative and qualitative research approaches and data analyses. A new chapter outlines how to initiate an action research project and another gives you just what you need to complete a project.
An Educational Leader's Guide to School Improvement
Author: Jeffrey Dr. Glanz
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Photovoice is a form of participatory action research, which has been gaining use and momentum since its inception in the mid-1990s. Within the enactment of this methodology, research participants are invited to document aspects of their lives through photography and then provide written or oral accounts of the images they create. Designed to situate participants as experts on their lives and their experiences, photovoice is a powerful and visceral approach to policy change efforts. In this book, the photovoice methodology is conceptualized as being comprised of eight steps: identification, invitation, education, documentation, narration, ideation, presentation, and confirmation. Each of the steps is explained and expanded upon, and insights are drawn from the extant photovoice literature and the author’s personal experience. In addition, attention is given to the history of photography and inquiry, theoretical underpinnings and aims of the methodology, ethical considerations, methods and procedures, approaches to data analysis, and photovoice exhibitions. Finally, the author has attended to some aspects of photovoice that have historically been left unattended, such as: building a conceptual framework for a photovoice study, viewing the photovoice exhibition as a site of inquiry, and thinking through the ways in which ever-evolving photography technologies can and should impact decision-making throughout the photovoice process. While many texts exist that touch on and/or address photovoice, this is the first book solely dedicated to the entirety of the photovoice methodology — from theory to exhibition. Built as a practical guide, readers will find a wealth of information, resources, and advice within this book. Educators, students, and academic researchers will find this an accessible and compassionate text, one that will be a trusted companion while on the photovoice project journey.
A Practical Guide from Theory to Exhibition
Author: Amanda O. Latz
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 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 - maximise 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. Vivienne Baumfield is Professor of Pedagogy, Policy and Innovation in the School of Education, University of Glasgow Elaine Hall is Lecturer in Research Methods, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University Kate Wall is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Durham University
Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry
Author: Vivienne Baumfield,Elaine Hall,Kate Wall
"Action Research Essentials contains a variety of online resources as well as rubrics and checklists to help students design questions, evaluate online sources, write the literature review, and create the action research report."--Jacket.
Author: Dorothy Valcarcel Craig
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Shift to blended learning to transform education Blended learning has the power to reinvent education, but the transition requires a new approach to learning and a new skillset for educators. Loaded with research and examples, Blended Learning in Action demonstrates the advantages a blended model has over traditional instruction when technology is used to engage students both inside the classroom and online. Readers will find: Breakdowns of the most effective classroom setups for blended learning Tips for leaders Ideas for personalizing and differentiating instruction using technology Strategies for managing devices in schools Questions to facilitate professional development and deeper learning
A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change
Author: Catlin R. Tucker,Tiffany Wycoff,Jason T. Green
Publisher: Corwin Press
Covering all aspects of research methodology, this research tool also deals with planning issues and self-management techniques needed by the researcher. It contains information on data analysis and advice for staff members needing support from their institutions to pursue research.
Author: Birley, Graham (Head, Education Research Unit, University of Wolverhampton),Moreland, Neil (Associate Dean, School of Education, University of Wolverhampton)
This book gives practical guidance on how educational research can inform professional practice. Written in a clear and accessible style, it details the way in which evidence based knowledge can be used to develop teaching and learning, bringing together a range of resources for all levels of reader but specifically designed to aid the progressive practitioner researcher. The authors draw on their experience of empirical work in education to provide thoroughly up-to-date reference material, including illustrative case studies, practical guidelines and exercises, and definitions of educational and research terms. The case studies and critical literature surveys have been chosen to demonstrate the use (and mis-use) of research evidence in thinking about a range of important topics in further and higher education, such as, learning styles, deep and surface learning, dyslexia in higher education, the assessment of group work, teaching critical thinking, problem based learning, and dissertation marking. Drawing on their philosophical backgrounds, the authors also address the much conceptual confusions which have led to scepticism regarding the wisdom or even the possibility of using research evidence to inform teaching. Other guidance includes: relating practitioner knowledge to educational research ethical and practical issues on research within the institution evaluating the strengths and limitations of research evidence researching ideas through the examination of case studies practitioner research and contributions to the knowledge base Using Educational Research to Inform Practice provides the necessary understanding for conducting research, thinking about its value and applying research evidence to practice in universities and colleges and therefore will be essential reading for those resource managers who are responsible for providing courses and support in higher education institutions. In addition, this book is particularly aimed at further and higher lecturers undertaking professional development courses and experienced and senior staff who wish to use research to improve management practices.
A Practical Guide to Practitioner Research in Universities and Colleges
Author: Lorraine Foreman-Peck,Christopher Winch
Are you striving or even struggling to keep your school library alive and find support for your programs? This book shows you how to perform qualitative research and use the results effectively to promote your school library and build a shared understanding of the impact of school libraries on student learning. It gives hands-on guidance for performing action research, including how to establish the context, emphasize the main issue, set goals, anticipate research outcomes, create a plan, use tools and techniques for gathering data, involve others, perform an analysis that will lead to a pattern or theme, and develop conclusions based on the data. Includes a complete, ready-made presentation in PowerPoint on an accompanying CD-ROM. A must for teacher-librarians and school library media specialists seeking to secure and transform school library operations.
A Practical Guide for Transforming Your School Library
Author: Judith A. Sykes
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
An invaluable, practical workbook for physical education student-teachers as they develop their practice in the secondary school. Activities in each chapter provide a toolkit to help student PE teachers to analyse their learning and performance.
Author: Susan Capel,Peter Breckon