Action Research for Educators

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Scarecrow Press, 2003 - Education - 143 pages
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Most research methods are too impractical and painstaking for educators. Teachers and administrators at all levels elementary, secondary, and university need a simple, yet powerful book on conducting action research as a viable method for making educational improvements. This user-friendly book covers the principles and history of action research, ethical and legal considerations, how to conduct both formal and informal action research, data collection methods, data analysis and interpretation, planning and initiating action, and evaluating the results of action. Illustrations are included in each chapter. Features: . A procedure model for using action research in the school environment. . A model of action research with examples. . A comprehensive description of how action research varies from the use of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. . Examples of benchmarking techniques that can aid an educator in using action research. . Examples of how to conduct literature reviews. . A detailed explanation of collecting data and analyzing this data in a practical manner. . Practical tips and strategies to analyze data using basic statistical methods. . Samples of teacher action research projects and references. . How to construct graphs using Microsoft Excel. . Methods of evaluating action research. . Explanation of how to conduct a formal action research proposal. . Strategies in conducting interviews and surveys. Designed for elementary and secondary teachers and administrators as a practical guide, and for university professors as a required textbook or supplemental book."
 

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Contents

THE NATURE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
1
QUANTITATIVE VERSUS QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
3
ACTION RESEARCH PRINCIPLES
5
ACTION RESEARCH
7
ACTION RESEARCH MODEL
10
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM INITIAL DIAGNOSIS
15
DEVELOPING AN ACTION RESEARCH PROPOSAL
17
BENCHMARKING
20
USING GRAPHS AND DIAGRAMS
94
WRITING NARRATIVE REPORTS
97
SOLVING PROBLEMS AND TAKING ACTION
101
STEPS IN SOLVING PROBLEMS
103
MANAGING CHANGE
105
PLANNING AND INITIATING ACTION
108
EVALUATING ACTION RESEARCH
113
METHODS FOR EVALUATING RESULTS
115

ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
22
DATA COLLECTION METHODS
25
OBSERVING
27
INTERVIEWING
34
SURVEYING
50
ASSESSING
70
PROCESSING
75
DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION
81
USING DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
86
CONDUCTING ACTION RESEARCH
117
AN ACTION RESEARCH STUDY
119
ETHICAL STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
129
SEVENTYFIVE IDEAS FOR CONDUCTING ACTION RESEARCH
133
BIBLIOGRAPHY
137
INDEX
139
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
143
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Daniel R. Tomal is professor and acting chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Concordia University teaching educational leadership and research as well as a consultant and author of six books such as Discipline by Negotiation, and has made guest appearances on many national radio and television shows.

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