Summary: ''Conducting action research in the classroom is a significant way for teachers to assess their own teaching with regard to student learning. Designed for teachers, especially reading teachers, Action Research for Teachers: Traveling the Yellow Brick Road uses the analogy of action research as a journey for self-discovery in evaluating how effective they are as classroom teachers. The text provides a clear and thorough set of exercises and directives for determining a research plan,
organizing the research, developing evaluation tools, collecting, displayng and evaluating data.''--BOOK JACKET.
Summary: ''Conducting action research in the classroom is a significant way for teachers to assess their own teaching with regard to student learning. Designed for teachers, especially reading teachers, Action Research for Teachers: Traveling the Yellow Brick Road uses the analogy of action research as a journey for self-discovery in evaluating how effective they are as classroom teachers. The text provides a clear and thorough set of exercises and directives for determining a research plan, organizing the research, developing evaluation tools, collecting, displayng and evaluating data.''--BOOK JACKET. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:3RD 09 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Merrill Education/Prentice Hall Published: 05/22/2008 International: No
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Wendy C. Kasten is a professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy at Kent State University.
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SECTION I THE SCHOLAR'S JOURNEY 1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow A Time for Transformation If Ever a Time There Was Action Research Defined: Doing It Differently New Worlds - New Challenges - New Minds Human Understanding and Community Challenges to Educators Calling All Wizards Visions of a Profession of Wizards 2. Learning: Creating New Possibilities for Action Professional Learning, Scholarship, and Community Action Research and Educational Promise Exploring the Forest: Developing Tools for the Journey SECTION II DEFINING AND PUTTING ACTION RESEARCH IN CONTEXT 3. The Bigger Picture: Paradigms, Theories, and Research Action Research in the Context of Research 4. Three Orientations to Knowledge and Methods of Research Orientation Methods of Research Images of Teacher Learning: Three Ways to Consider the Relationship Between Knowledge and Practice Characteristics of Action Research Research Methods 5. From a Meandering Path to the Yellow Brick Road: A Brief History of Action Research Against the Tides: Trail Blazers Today: AR as Critical Reflection SECTION III EXPLORING RESEARCHER SELVES AND THE PROFESSION 6. Journey of the Self: There's No Place Like Home Ways to Exolore Our Teaching Selves 7. The Development Journey: Self and Action Research A Developmental Continuum: Learning to Love the Journey Three Domains of Development SECTION IV DEVELOPING AN INQUIRING MIND Case Studies Helping Jen Learn English as a Second Language The Literature Circle's Study The S.T.A.R. Club Study The Democratic Classroom Study 8. From Curiosity to Research Questions How Do Questions Evolve? Lenses for Inquiry: Zooming In, Zooming Out 9. Exploring and Problematizing Our Practice What Do I Already Know? Problematizing the Story of Chuck A Scaffold for Problematizing What Do Others Know? Students and Colleagues as Resources Reviewing the Literature to Problematize What Do I Expect to Find? <
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