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

Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation

Chapter 6 describes how the Look–Think–Act framework of action research can guide practices of assessment and evaluation.


This chapter first shows how assessment procedures can link student performance to state and national standards, and then shows how authentic assessment procedures can enhance teaching and student learning.

It then provides an overview of classroom assessment, describing how it can be used as a diagnostic tool to enhance student learning. It also describes a variety of assessment techniques that enable students to demonstrate their understanding—questions, tests, learning logs, teacher–student conferences, portfolios, demonstrations, performances, and projects. The chapter then describes how formative assessment procedures can be used to check student progress and learning. It also explains how summative assessment techniques demonstrate what students have ...

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