Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom

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SAGE, 2009 - Education - 265 pages

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Provides comprehensive coverage of action research methods without being unnecessarily technical

The Second Edition of Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom introduces practicing teachers to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Written for the practicing educator, the focus is on conducting applied, classroom research. The book's practicality stems from its attention to research methods and procedures that teachers can use with their everyday instructional practices and classroom activities.

New to the Second Edition

  • Incorporates a discussion of rigor in classroom-based action research (Chapter 1)
  • Presents several additional models of action research, including visuals of those models (Chapter 1)
  • Discusses the activity of conducting "reconnaissance" (Chapters 2 and 3)
  • Adds a third Action Research Portrait to illustrate how teachers conduct action research in response to their own classroom situations (Chapters 3-8)
  • Provides a section that encourages educators to develop their own action research communities (Chapter 8)
  • Simplifies the summaries of all nine chapters so that the main points and sub-points are more apparent
  • Offers two new examples of complete action research reports in Appendixes A and B

Now Accompanied by a Student Study Site!

A new Student study site includes comprehensive study materials such as chapter summaries, practice tests, flashcards, and PowerPoint slides. Additional resources include "Learning from SAGE Journal Articles," "How to Read a Research Article," and an annotated research report for student reference.


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Very informative. Learned a lot from it.

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Awesome book...loved the style of writing...easy and right to point yet still academic and rich...bless you Mertler.


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About the author (2009)

Dr. Craig A. Mertler is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He began his career as a high school biology teacher. He has been an educator for 32 years—22 of those in higher education at Bowling Green State University, the University of West Georgia, Lynn University, and Arizona State University, and 9 as an administrator (department chair, doctoral program director, and education dean). 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, as well as classroom assessment, research methods, and statistical analyses. He has served as the research methodology expert on more than 100 doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. He is the author of 23 books, 8 invited book chapters, and 20 refereed journal articles. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally.

Dr. Mertler can be reached at for consulting, professional development, and speaking engagements. Additionally, you can visit his website at and connect with him on Twitter @craigmertler.

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