“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.

Key Features:

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

The Validity of Action Research

The validity of action research

Given the widespread practice of different forms of action research in a variety of venues throughout the world, it is inevitable that the question of the validity of action research would emerge. How real, how authentic, how truthful is action research? What level of confidence can be placed in the research? What criteria ought to determine the validity—the truthfulness and accuracy, the appropriateness, the logic and the technical adequacy of the action research process or any action research study? In this chapter, I address these questions and propose a reconceptualization of the term; I also describe different approaches to determining the validity of action research studies.

What is Validity?

The validity of traditional positivistic research methodologies has been ...

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