Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators

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SAGE, Jan 11, 2011 - Education - 328 pages
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Written for pre-and in-service educators, this Third Edition of Craig A. Mertler's Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces the process of conducting one's own classroom- or school-based action research in conjunction with everyday instructional practices and activities. The text provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties.
 

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Contents

Preface
HOW DOI BEGIN MY ACTION RESEARCH
Acknowledgments
OverviewoftheAction Research Process
Organizer
Planning forAction Research
Reflecting ontheProcess A Brief Example
Planningfor Action Research
Analysis
IVE GOT RESULTS NOW WHAT?
Developing an Action Plan
Sharing and Reflecting
Writing Up Action Research
Research
Gap at Highland Park High School
Glossary

Questions and Activities
Questions andActivities Student Study Site 4
WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THESE DATA?
WHAT DO IDOWITH ALL THESE DATA?
AnalyzingData
References
Glossary References
About the Author
Copyright

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Dr. Craig A. Mertler holds a B.S. in Science Education from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. in Educational Research and Evaluation from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from Florida State University. Currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University and President of Mertler Educational Consulting, Craig began his career as a high school biology teacher. He has been an educator for 30 years, 20 of those in higher education, and 6 as an administrator. Over his career, he has taught courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development. Craig also teaches research methods, statistical analyses, and educational assessment methods. He has served as the research methodology expert on more than 100 doctoral dissertations and Masters theses. He is the author of 20 books, amongst many other scholarly publications. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the USA and internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research, and on the topics of classroom assessment and data-driven decision making. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, and classroom teachers’ assessment literacy. In his leisure time, he coaches high school volleyball and enjoys playing golf and traveling with his family.

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