Teachers Investigate Their Work: An Introduction to the Methods of Action Research

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Education - 223 pages
Action research is one of the most popular methods of professional development for teachers. It provides a practical way for teachers to uncover some of the complexities of the teaching process and thereby to improve the quality of their pupils' learning.Teachers Investigate Their Work introduces the methods and concepts of action research through examples drawn from studies carried out by teachers. The book is arranged as a handbook with numerous sub-headings for easy reference and 41 practical methods and strategies to put into action, some of them flagged as suitable 'starters'. Throughout the book, the authors draw on their international practical experience of action research, working in close collaboration with teachers.Teachers Investigate Their Work is an essential guide for teachers, senior staff and co-ordinators of teacher professional development who are interested in investigating their own practice in order to improve it.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 The research diary
11
Chapter 3 Finding a starting point for your own research
33
Chapter 4 Clarifying the starting point of research
45
Chapter 5 Data collection
69
Chapter 6 Data analysis
117
Chapter 7 Developing action strategies and putting them into practice
151
Chapter 8 Making teachers knowledge public
173
a theoretical foundation for action research
199
References
207
Index
215
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Bridget Somekh, BA, PGCE, Adv Dip Ed, MA, PhD is Professor of Educational Research at Manchester Metropolitan University and a former Depute Director of the Scottish Council for Research in Education and Dean of the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield. She is an Editor of the international journal, Educational Action Research. She is a former member of the Council of the British Educational Research Association, and is currently an Adviser to DG Research in the European Union, and on the coordinating groups of both the Practitioner Research SIG of the British Educational Research Association and the Collaborative Action Research Network

Herbert Altrichter, University of Linz, Austria.

Peter Posch, Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria.

Allan Feldman, University of Massachusetts, US.

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