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This book covers the principles and history of action research, ethical and legal considerations, methods for conducting both formal and informal action research, data collection methods, analysis and interpretation, action planning and initiation, and results evaluation. The author includes numerous examples, strategies, and illustrations that can be applied to elementary and secondary schools as well as university settings.
This book demonstrates how action research can be used as an integral component of teaching and learning and how teacher researchers can engage students as participatory researchers to accomplish highly effective learning outcomes. It details student research processes chapter by chapter, and demonstrates, through examples and multiple lesson plans, how these processes can be incorporated into classroom lessons and linked to state courses of study and performance standards.
This book is serves as a primary textbook for graduate courses in action research. It goes beyond the "how to" of action research to examine the "why"--the historical origins, the rationale behind practice-based research, the related theoretical and philosophical perspectives, and the major paradigms of action research - demonstrating how action research can contribute to the creation of schools as centers of democratic inquiry.