Improving Schools Through Action Research: A Reflective Practice Approach

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Cher Hendricks’ Action Research for School Improvement: A Reflective Practice Approach, Third Edition,

is a brief, accessible, and practical text that prepares educators to conduct their own action research projects.  The third edition provides the information needed to complete each step of the action research cycle.  Chapter activities include a research paper component that helps readers create a research paper as they complete the activities. Additional activities have been added in this edition to help educators navigate through each step of the action research process?from choosing a topic and generating research questions through data analysis and reporting results and conclusions.  Other features of the book include detailed strategies for (1) reviewing and synthesizing the literature and writing a literature review, (2) collecting, triangulating, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data (including how to graphically display results), (3) drawing conclusions from results, and (4) writing in APA (6th edition) style. Numerous Internet resources?including links to action research networks, professional organizations, and journals?are provided. Throughout the text, the book incorporates numerous pedagogical devices such as Exercises and Cases to help readers practically explore topics. Examples are provided throughout the book to document the ways teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and support staff can improve their practice through action research.

 

Among the changes and additions to the third edition, the text now presents a sharper focus on reflection in the action research cycle--including new reflection activities in every chapter.  The book also places a greater emphasis on working with a critical friend or colleague throughout the action research process and incorporates updated and new online and professional resources as well as a more detailed explanation of how to analyze and interpret qualitative data, and instructions on formatting the research paper using the latest APA Guidelines.

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Improving Schools Through Action Research Cher Hendricks, Action Research for School Improvement: A Reflective Practice Approach, Third Edition, is a brief, accessible, and practical text that prepares educators to conduct their own action research projects. The third edition provides the information needed to complete each step of the action research cycle. Chapter activities include a research paper component that helps readers create... Full description

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“I’ve used the Hendricks text for 5 semesters and have modified the course each semester based on a deeper appreciation for the content the text offers. . . . .  The Hendricks text provides an excellent organization and sequence in implementing the process of action research. . . .  I see the text as a very strong component to my course and to any action research courses offered. . . .  It helps students to produce a thorough and valuable end product.”  

—Jill Miels, Ball State University

 

 

“Key strengths are the examples and sample narratives; . . . projects threaded through the text provide a unifying connection of applications of the process for teachers. . . .  [T]he last chapter provides much needed guidance for dissemination of research study results through presentations and publications.”

—Reese H. Todd, Texas Tech University

 

 

“The strength of the text is accessibility and clarity. The text takes students through the steps of creating an action research project in clear and concise language. Hendricks does an excellent job of providing an appropriate balance of support and challenge for student teachers/action researchers.  Hendricks explains complicated topics and concepts in a user friendly manner without sacrificing the intent and underlying meaning of the concepts. Great text for anyone who wants to learn more about constructing their own knowledge and improving schools through action research.”

—Jason Colombino, Boston College Lynch School of Education

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