The Action Research Guidebook: A Four-Stage Process for Educators and School Teams

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Corwin Press, Nov 19, 2010 - Education - 224 pages
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Action research is a popular form of professional development and incorporates qualitative and quantitative methods, reflective practice, and educational pedagogy. Action research in conducted by the person or the people empowered to take action, for the purpose of improving their future action. Teachers know their particular students, classroom, and schools intimately - therefore, they are best equipped to pick a particular problem (or research question) and then use qualitative or quantitative techniques for further study. The book is organized around Sagor's four stage process developed from his many years of experience training hundreds of educators. The four stages are: 1. Clarifying visions/targets 2. Articulating theory 3. Implementing action and collecting data 4. Reflecting on data and planning informed action. The book includes numerous tables, charts, handouts, forms, and worksheets to demystify and simplify the action research process. Short examples drawn from the author's experience working on-one-on with teachers on their action research projects are also included - from raising reading proficiency to increasing the problem solving capacity of faculty members. Sagor shows how teacher teams can work collaboratively to identify and research problems related to the school's goals. Appropriate for use by individual teachers and teacher teams, as well as by preservice teachers in teacher education courses. Principals, counselors, and other educators will also find the action research process useful for school improvement.

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Action Research
1
Chapter 2 Finding a Focus
12
Chapter 3 Refining the Focus
30
Chapter 4 Articulating a Theory of Action
56
Chapter 5 Drawing aTheory of Action
70
Chapter 6 Determining the Research Questions
87
Chapter 7 Building a DataCollection Plan
105
Chapter 8 Analyzing the Data
126
Chapter 10 Reporting and Sharing Action Research
179
The School as a Learning Organization
191
How to Use the Feedback Forms and Summary Reports
196
Five Characteristics of a Quality Action Research Project
198
Applications for Leadership Projects
202
Glossary
214
References
217
Index
219

Chapter 9 Turning Findings Into Action Plans
163

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Richard Sagor founded ISIE (pronounced "I see"), the Institute for the Study of Inquiry in Education, in 1997, to work with schools and educational organizations on the use of action research and data-based school improvement while he was a professor of educational leadership at Washington State University. Prior to joining the faculty as WSU, Sagor had 14 years of public school administrative experience, including service as an assistant superintendent, high school principal, instruction vice principal, disciplinary vice principal, and alternative school head teacher. He has taught the entire range of students, from the gifted to the learning disabled, in the areas of social studies, readiing, and written composition. Sagor received his BA from New York University and two MA degrees as well as a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon.

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