Action Research Essentials

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 3, 2009 - Education - 248 pages
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Action Research Essentials is a practical guide born of the author's own experience working with students in the social sciences and education, providing a step-by-step outline of how to "do" action research--backed by the most extensive theory and research coverage on the market today. The author guides future researcher/practitioners through the action research process via numerous concrete illustrations and a wealth of on-line resources; positioning it as a fundamental component of practice,

A key and unique strength of the book is its outreach to a much larger breadth of students than usually found in action research books. This book will illustrate all the steps in action research using examples from education, social work, psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine, and counseling.



The structure of the book is intended as the sole textbook for a course devoted to naturalistic inquiry, practitioner research, or beginning qualitative methods, or can complement a general research course.
 

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Contents

FIGURES TABLES EXHIBITS
13
THE PROCESS BEGINS
29
THE LITERATURE REVIEW
55
DESIGNING RESEARCH QUESTIONS
83
IDENTIFYING DATA SETS TO INFORM INQUIRY
107
THE ACTION RESEARCHERS TOOLS
137
ORGANIZING CODING AND ANALYZING
163
THE ACTION RESEARCH REPORT
201
TABLES
203
DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE ACTION
219
EXHIBITS
232
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About the author (2009)

Dorothy Valcarcel Craig is a professor of education, certified online instructor, and program coordinator in the Department of Educational Leadership at the College of Education and Behavioral Science, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She previously held the position of associate dean for Teacher Education.

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