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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 Does Practitioner Action Research Look Like?
What does practitioner action research look like?

One of the best ways to learn the possibilities of practitioner action research is through reading accounts of their work. We are fortunate that in the last two decades an increasing number of excellent examples have found their way into print. This, in part, reflects a growing openness of some academic journals to this genre of research, the creation of some journals that explicitly showcase action research, and books like the Practitioner Inquiry Series edited by Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan Lytle for Teachers College Press.

When reviewing examples of practitioner action research, it becomes readily apparent that approaches are wide ranging, from informal observations to highly formalized research projects; in short, there is ...

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