The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry

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Corwin Press, 2009 - Education - 216 pages
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Transform your teaching practice with this powerful approach to professional growth!

Teacher inquiry can play a critical role in professional staff development across all grade levels and subject areas. Now this updated bestseller offers both an in-depth examination of teacher inquiry as well as step-by-step instructions, giving prospective and practicing teachers everything they need to engage in this vital process.

Featuring helpful exercises in every chapter, this how-to guide to action research takes teachers through each stage of the process: formulating a research question, collaborating with others, collecting data, analyzing data, writing and presenting classroom research, and assessing the quality of the work. The authors also demonstrate the relationship between teacher inquiry and differentiated instruction, data-driven decision making, progress monitoring, and Response to Intervention. This revised edition includes

An updated section about professional learning communities

The latest data collection methods, including digital photos, video, blogging, and assessment measures

Simplified models for documenting inquiry results

Added examples from middle and high school settings

A new chapter on assessing inquiry projects

By learning to make the most of this essential tool, teachers can enhance their instruction and contribute significantly to improved student achievement!

  

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Very sound ideas for how to do action research in the classroom. I really enjoyed reading this one! Read full review

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Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition by Gene ThompsonGrove
About the Authors xix
Finding a Wondering 19
That Is the Question 59
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Data Analysis 117
The Inquiry WriteUp 133
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Making Your Inquiry Public 187
References 201
Index 211
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About the author (2009)

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years.† During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry.

Diane Yendol-Hoppey is the Director of the Benedum Collaborative and a Professor of Education at West Virginia University. The Benedum Collaborative is one of the oldest school/university partnerships in the nation. Diane spent the first thirteen years of her career in education teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In her work at Penn State, the University of Florida, and West Virginia University, Diane focuses on job-embedded teacher professional development and the cultivation of teacher leadership. Her research explores how powerful vehicles for teacher professional development including teacher inquiry, professional learning communities, and coaching/mentoring can support school improvement. She has authored numerous studies which have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record and Journal of Teacher Education. She is coauthor (with Nancy Fichtman Dana) of three books, The Reflective Educatorís Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn through Practitioner Inquiry, The Reflective Educatorís Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities and The Reflective Educatorís Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor, all from Corwin Press.

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