Action Research Essentials
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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FIGURES TABLES EXHIBITS
THE PROCESS BEGINS
THE LITERATURE REVIEW
DESIGNING RESEARCH QUESTIONS
IDENTIFYING DATA SETS TO INFORM INQUIRY
THE ACTION RESEARCHERS TOOLS
ORGANIZING CODING AND ANALYZING
THE ACTION RESEARCH REPORT
DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE ACTION
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