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“While there are many books out there on action research, few immerse the reader so effectively in the nitty-gritty realities of the method, while also pushing school practitioners to use inquiry to challenge an unacceptable status quo. This text should be read by all teachers and school leaders who care about empowering students and communities through action research.”

—Ruth Johnson, Professor of Educational Administration, California State University, Los Angeles

Author, Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap

“A highly accessible and informative book for K–12 educators and university graduate students. Provides very useful examples of what action research looks like when carried out in schools. This book has always been at the top of my recommended resources list.”

—Ken Zeichner, Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Discover the most empowering pathway to improved practice in education!

Since the publication of the first edition of Studying Your Own School, practitioner action research has become an established professional development practice in schools and teacher education programs. While the fundamentals of practitioner action research have not changed, the challenges of large scale reform have dramatically altered the context of teaching.

This extensive revision of the best-selling book includes the latest investigative methods and reflects the current educational environment. New features of the second edition include; A “Getting Started” chapter on initial issues and considerations; More advice on crafting the research question and research design; Up-to-date information on political and ethical considerations; New examples of practitioner action research studies; A focus on promoting equity and social justice

Packed with updated examples to help orient the reader, this book is unique in providing the theoretical and historical underpinnings of practitioner action research and all the “how-to” information necessary for successful classroom application.

What Is Action Research?
What is action research?

Most researchers attempt to study social reality either by decontextualizing variables or by being a fly-on-the-wall observer of a natural setting. These are the hallmarks of objectivity in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Action researchers, on the other hand, study social reality by acting within it and studying the effects of their actions. All three of these approaches to research have their particular strengths and limitations, but what sets action research apart is that it generates knowledge out of ongoing problem solving in social settings. Action researchers can be outsiders to the setting who collaborate with insiders, or they can be insiders working alone or in collaboration with others. In schools, action researchers tend to be teachers or ...

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