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.

Key Features

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

Action Learning: Accomplishing Objectives, Outcomes, and Standards

Action learning: Accomplishing objectives, outcomes, and standards

This chapter describes how action learning, like action research, provides a useful framework to assist in organizing and keeping track of student learning.

It first focuses on the natural curiosity that makes children such efficient learners. This spirit of inquiry is harnessed by action learning, a process of learning in which students:

  • Look:Focusing on an issue or topic, and gathering information from interviews, observations, surveys, books, records, videos, and media
  • Think: Processing that information—analyzing by reviewing information and selecting key elements, and synthesizing by organizing into categories and themes
  • Act:Using or applying the outcomes of that investigation in reports, presentations, and performances

Within this framework the chapter then presents

  • Potential sources of information
  • Strategies for gathering and recording ...
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