Action Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Education - 148 pages
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Assuming no prior knowledge of research methods and techniques, this book is the perfect companion for teachers at all levels undergoing professional development who need to enhance their formal reflection skills.

Providing a detailed explanation of what action research is and its importance in terms of whole school development, this book invites the teachers to try out educational research for themselves and adopt an investigative attitude that will help improve and evaluate practice. It includes:

* Support and guidance that help you tackle key issues

* "Real-life" practical case studies that underline what action research is and how it can be effectively used.

 

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Contents

What is action research and why should you do it?
1
Chapter 1 Thinking about what you need to do
6
Chapter 2 Drawing up action plans
26
Chapter 3 Putting your plans into action
44
Chapter 4 Monitoring gathering and interpreting data
61
a case for teachers selfevaluation
91
a case for wholeschool evaluation
99
Chapter 7 Sharing and disseminating your work
110
End word
124
References
126
Index
133
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About the author (2012)

Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers University, People s Republic of China.

Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research.

Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all.

Visit Jean at www.jeanmcniff.com, or contact her at jeanmcniff@mac.com

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