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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"Richard Sagor powerfully bridges the gap between research and practice. His conception of action research is clear, robust, and flexible. This book is both intelligent and accessible, and is fun to read and use."-Deborah Court, Head of Curriculum StudiesSchool of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel"This new edition is simply outstanding! The descriptions, metaphors, and modeling of an everyday approach to the inquiry cycle reflect Sagor's deep understanding of the current challenges educators face in integrating action research into their practices."-Lauren Childs, School Quality Consultant for Teacher LeadershipOakland Schools, Waterford, MIEasy-to-use action research tools that work for today's schoolsIn this second edition of his best-selling volume The Action Research Guidebook,Richard Sagor provides updated tools and insights to guide the implementation of school-based research for student success. Ideal for teacher leaders and teacher teams, this practical guidebook features new examples, activities and leadership applications that reflect the recent growth of professional learning communities, wider acceptance of standards, and the need for more qualitative research. Sequentially organized to be used as you go, the book follows Sagor's four-stage process developed from his many years of experience training educators: Clarifying visions/targets Articulating theory Implementing action and collecting data Reflecting on data and planning informed action Inside are numerous tables, charts, handouts, forms, and worksheets to demystify the action research process. This handbook will also be valuable to principals, counselors, and other educators wishing to apply the action research process to 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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