“This is a wonderful book with deep insight into the relationship between teachers' action and result of student learning. It discusses from different angles impact of action research on student learning in the classroom. Writing samples provided at the back are wonderful examples.”—Kejing Liu, Shawnee State University
Teacher Action Research: Building Knowledge Democracies focuses on helping schools build knowledge democracies through a process of action research in which teachers, students, and parents collaborate in conducting participatory and caring inquiry in the classroom, school, and community. Author Gerald J. Pine examines historical origins, the rationale for practice-based research, related theoretical and philosophical perspectives, and action research as a paradigm rather than a method.
Discusses how to build a school research culture through collaborative teacher research; Delineates the role of the professional development school as a venue for constructing a knowledge democracy; Focuses on how teacher action research can empower the active and ongoing inclusion of nontraditional voices (those of students and parents) in the research process; Includes chapters addressing the concrete practices of observation, reflection, dialogue, writing, and the conduct of action research, as well as examples of teacher action research studies
Part I: Understanding Action Research
The first five chapters of this book focus on the context for conducting action research: its history, different approaches to doing action research, the validity of action research, action research as a paradigm, and action research as professional development. This section of the book is historical, philosophical, and theoretical and lays the groundwork for developing a deep understanding and fundamental grasp of the nature and character of action research. Without such a fundamental understanding, the implementation of action research in education can become merely a mechanical and instrumental process open to exploitation of students and teachers.