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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.

Empowerment and Practitioner Action Research: An Example
Empowerment and practitioner action research: An example

To illustrate the research being done by practitioners at their own sites, we offer the following lengthy case example of work done by Herr (see also Herr & Anderson, 1993; Anderson & Herr, 1999; Herr, 1999a, 1999b, 1999c) in her school setting. This is a window into what was an ongoing process, a work that was still unfolding even as we were writing about it. We capture here a piece of a larger practitioner action research study that spanned several years. It was conducted and written during the time that Herr was a middle school teacher and counselor in an independent school.

Getting Started

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