Practical Action Research for Change
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Practical Action Research for Change

Second Edition

Foreword by Eleanor Perry



© 2006 | 192 pages | Corwin

"This book is a modern catalyst for change in education. I have made it required reading for doctoral students, administrators, and faculty who must update their pedagogy to raise student learning."
-Joseph Martin Stevenson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jackson State University

"This is a wonderful book for learning communities to use to self-evaluate prior to beginning new teaching techniques, and throughout the process."
-Donna Walker Tileston, President
Strategic Teaching and Learning

Convert frustrations into solvable problems through action research!

Action research provides a process for educators to individually and collectively study their own situations, try new practices, evaluate those innovations, adjust, and try again.

In this revised second edition, Richard Schmuck demonstrates how educators at all levels can use action research to improve their professional practice and change the culture of their schools, districts, or communities. He shows how educators, by reflecting on their past, present, and future practice, can convert frustrations into solvable problems.

This updated workbook covers both the proactive and the responsive models of action research and also includes:

  • Easy-to-understand explanations of methods, steps, and phases
  • A chapter devoted to questionnaires, interviews, observations, and public documents
  • Guidelines for both solo and cooperative projects
  • "How-to" worksheets that guide readers through the process
  • Journal-writing activities at the end of every chapter
  • Case studies of real action research projects

Practical Action Research for Change is the essential tool to help educators tailor action research to their specific situation and improve professional practice.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Reflective Professional Practice
Reflections of the Future, Past, and Present  
Reflective Educators Seek Self-Knowledge  
The Search for Self-Knowledge Leads to Solitary Dialogue  
Self-Knowledge and Solitary Dialogue Lead to Professional Maturity  
Mature Educators Try to Improve Continually  
Using the Tools of Reflection to Move Toward Action Research  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
2. Educators and Continuous Improvement
Three Faces of Continuous Improvement  
Action Research: Two Types of Social Scientists  
Differences Between Action Research and Traditional Research  
An Example of Action Research  
Processes of Continuous Improvement  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
3. Action Research: Definitions, Models, Steps, and Phases
Contemporary Need for Action Research  
Definitions of Action Research  
Action Research and Group Dynamics  
Two Models of Action Research  
Three Phases of Action Research  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
4. Research Methods: Procedures, Instruments, Special Issues, and Ethics
Data Collection in Action Research  
Special Issues of Action Research  
The Ethics of Action Research  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
5. Proactive Action Research
Marilyn Lund  
James Johnson  
The Six Steps of Proactive Action Research  
The Range of Proactive Models  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
6. Responsive Action Research
Matt Reardon  
Beverly Lee  
The Six Steps of Responsive Action Research  
The Range of Responsive Models  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
7. Group Dynamics of Cooperative Action Research
Positive Social Support  
Critical Friendship  
Probing Conversation  
Effective Group Dynamics  
Journal-Writing Assignments  
 
8. Types of Cooperative Action Research
One-on-One Partnerships  
Small Face-to-Face Groups  
Whole-School Staffs  
Districtwide Educator Networks and Stakeholders  
Case Studies  
Journal-Writing Assignment  
 
9. Prominent Authors on Action Research
Its Democratic Philosophical Roots  
John Dewey, Mary Parker Follett, and Kurt Lewin  
Alice Miel and Stephen Corey  
Ronald Lippitt  
Paulo Freire  
Reginald Revans  
Chris Argyris and Donald Schön  
Stephen Kemmis and Jean McNiff  
William Foote Whyte  
Richard Sagor  
Geoffrey Mills  
Teacher Research  
Journal-Writing Assignment  
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Eleanor Perry

Preface

Chapter 1


"This book is a modern catalyst for change in higher education. I have made it required reading for doctoral students, administrators, and faculty who must update their pedagogy to raise student learning."

Joseph Martin Stevenson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jackson State University

"This is a wonderful book for learning communities to use to self-evaluate prior to beginning new teaching techniques, and throughout the process."

Donna Walker Tileston, President
Strategic Teaching and Learning

"A comprehensive tool to support learning communities as they endeavor to improve professional practice."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2007
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