“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.
Chapter Five: The Research Question, Ethical Considerations, and Research Design
The Research Question, Ethical Considerations, and Research Design
This chapter addresses areas that practitioner action researchers need to think through as they anticipate beginning research projects in their own sites. There is often a sense, for insiders to the action research process, that there is not a clear-cut beginning or, for that matter, end to the research. Sometimes a beginning or an end is imposed, as in the beginning of a university course or the end of employment in a setting. We are not usually starting as blank slates; that is, it is not that we have not given thought to some of the issues we want to explore, but rather that they continue to puzzle us. Or ...