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Improving Schools Through Action Research - A Reflective Practice Approach
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"Now keenly focused on educators engaging in thoughtful critical reflection while planning and conducting educational research, this brief, user-friendly text provides everything a pre-service or in-service educator needs to know in order to follow the research cycle and conduct an action research project from beginning through its completion.
The third edition has a sharpened focus from previous editions on utilizing reflection as the vehicle for action research. The author helps readers understand the role of reflection and reflective practice throughout the action research cycle. Emphasizing the reflective processes used in planning and conducting action research studies, data analysis techniques (quantitative and qualitative), and displaying and explaining results, Hendricks' revised text provides specific and practicable information for completing each step of the action research cycle in a precise and thoughtful manner.

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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 now places a greater emphasis on working with a critical friend or colleague throughout the action research process. And the text also incorporates updated and new online and professional resources, a more detailed explanation of how to analyze and interpret qualitative data, and instructions on formatting the research paper using the latest APA Guidelines.
• Be empowered by a detailed discussion of how conducting action research can professionalize teaching. Highlighted in Chapter 2.
• Engage in a deep, on-going reflection process in order to connect thinking, understanding, and doing to the action research cycle. See Chapter 2-7.
• Move away from the solitary nature of K-12 teaching and connect with a trusted colleague by engaging in critical reflection. The third edition emphasizes the benefit of working with a “critical friend” throughout the action research process as a way to stimulate reflective and reflexive thinking, to challenge assumptions, and to discuss and confront biases in a safe, trusting environment. Featured in Chapters 2-7.
• Be aided through the reflective inquiry approach in the third edition with new Time to Reflect activities. See Chapters 3-7, and Chapter 4 for sample activities.
• Learn how to work with and analyze qualitative research, including the processes of compiling, disassembling, reassembling, and interpreting data utilizing thematic analysis. Included in Chapter 7.
• Avoid the most commonly made mistakes in formatting a research paper with new instructions using the latest APA guidelines (6th edition). Found primarily in Chapter 8; also see Chapter 3.
• Learn how to analyze various forms of data from the in-depth treatment of data collection and data analysis. Coverage includes information on qualitative data, student work samples, observations, and interview, and also instructs readers on how to write and graphically display results for maximum effect. Chapters 5 and 7 feature this content.
• Connect with the content regardless of your professional role; the author has included examples from a wide-range of educational positions including principals, teachers, and counselors, to name a few. In all chapters.

New to this Edition
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 now places a greater emphasis on working with a critical friend or colleague throughout the action research process. And the text also incorporates updated and new online and professional resources, a more detailed explanation of how to analyze and interpret qualitative data, and instructions on formatting the research paper using the latest APA Guidelines.
• Be empowered by a detailed discussion of how conducting action research can professionalize teaching. Highlighted in Chapter 2.
• Engage in a deep, on-going reflection process in order to connect thinking, understanding, and doing to the action research cycle. See Chapter 2-7.
• Move away from the solitary nature of K-12 teaching and connect with a trusted colleague by engaging in critical reflection. The third edition emphasizes the benefit of working with a “critical friend” throughout the action research process as a way to stimulate reflective and reflexive thinking, to challenge assumptions, and to discuss and confront biases in a safe, trusting environment. Featured in Chapters 2-7.
• Be aided through the reflective inquiry approach in the third edition with new Time to Reflect activities. See Chapters 3-7, and Chapter 4 for sample activities.
• Learn how to work with and analyze qualitative research, including the processes of compiling, disassembling, reassembling, and interpreting data utilizing thematic analysis. Included in Chapter 7.
• Avoid the most commonly made mistakes in formatting a research paper with new instructions using the latest APA guidelines (6th edition). Found primarily in Chapter 8; also see Chapter 3.
• Learn how to analyze various forms of data from the in-depth treatment of data collection and data analysis. Coverage includes information on qualitative data, student work samples, observations, and interview, and also instructs readers on how to write and graphically display results for maximum effect. Chapters 5 and 7 feature this content.
• Connect with the content regardless of your professional role; the author has included examples from a wide-range of educational positions including principals, teachers, and counselors, to name a few. In all chapters."
ISBN: 9786038630976 Author: Cher Hendricks Publisher: Pearson Publish Year: 2014 Size: 17*24cm Pages number: 260