Helping teachers engage K–12 students as participatory researchers to accomplish highly effective learning outcomes
Integrating Teaching, Learning, and Action Research: Enhancing Instruction in the K–12 Classroom demonstrates how teachers can use action research as an integral component of teaching and learning. The text uses examples and lesson plans to demonstrate how student research processes can be incorporated into classroom lessons that are linked to standards.
Guides teachers through systematic steps of planning, instruction, assessment, and evaluation, taking into account the diverse abilities and characteristics of their students, the complex body of knowledge and skills they must acquire, and the wide array of learning activities that can be engaged in the process; Demonstrates how teacher action research and student action learning—working in tandem—create a dynamic, engaging learning community that enables students to achieve desired learning outcomes; Provides clear directions and examples of how to apply action research to core classroom activities: lesson planning, instructional processes, student learning activities, assessment, and evaluation
Chapter 1: Action Research in Teaching and Learning
Action Research in Teaching and Learning
This chapter shows how action research can be used to enhance the craft of teaching by assisting teachers to organize and facilitate effective programs of student learning.
It describes how action research can assist teachers to take into account the characteristics and abilities of their students—intelligences, personalities, emotional states, stages of development, and family backgrounds.
Action research is presented as a cyclical, repetitive process of inquiry that guides teacher preparation and instruction:
- Look: Gathering information
- Think: Reflecting on, or analyzing, the information
- Act: Planning, implementing, and evaluating student learning
Action learning is presented as a similar process of inquiry that guides student learning—Look, Think, Act.[Page 2]
Action research and action learning are parallel processes that enable teacher and student to work ...