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Action Research for Improving Educational Practice

Action Research for Improving Educational Practice
A Step-by-Step Guide

Second Edition

October 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Which topics are right for Action Research in an education context? How do you go about planning a project, collecting and analysing your data? What's the best way to present your research findings to parents, colleagues or funding bodies?

Whether you are a busy teacher doing research in your classroom, an undergraduate starting your research project, or a Masters level or education doctorate student writing up your dissertation, this step-by-step guide takes you through every stage involved in carrying out Action Research.

In this brand new edition, you will find additional guidance on:

- philosophical underpinnings of Action Research

- the challenges of being an insider researcher

- searching and analysing literature from the internet

- children's participation and children's rights in action research projects in educational settings

- validity and authenticity in action research

- a new chapter on writing for publication

- an action research planning sheet.

This book draws on Valsa Koshy's extensive experience of supervising researchers at all levels, and includes examples of Action Research carried out by practitioners across a range of topics and age groups. Case studies include UK and international examples, allowing you to reflect on multiple perspectives of Action Research in education.

Those new to Action Research, and those looking for a straightforward explanation of the methods involved, will find this book invaluable.

Valsa Koshy is Professor of Education and Director of a Research and Development Centre at Brunel University.

What Is Action Research?
Getting Started
Reviewing the Literature
Planning Action
Gathering Data
Analyzing Data and Generating Evidence
Writing up Your Action Research
Publishing Your Action Research and Planning the Next Steps

An easy read for individual study module.

Mrs Beverley Lawe
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
August 13, 2013

Helpful as good for additional background reading. Some good pointers

Mrs Gail Ramsome
Dept of Childhood Studies, Hull College
February 16, 2012

A key text for the Action Research module on the Certificate in Education course. It is clearly written and presented with useful case studies and summaries. The students particularly appreciate the step-by-step approach.

Mrs Cathy Tole
Education , Farnborough College of Technology
November 28, 2011

Students were conducting an action research project throughout the course and this book walked them through the process nicely.

Dr Michael Phillips
Psychology Dept, University of Northern Colorado
November 28, 2011

the examples in this make it useful as a practical guide for students. I work with schools and this might be part of a school professional development library

Mr Mary Rees
Dept of Education, Hertfordshire University
October 11, 2011

This is an excellent clear text book which outlines the principles of action research. The book is written to meet the needs of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. This text book is particularly useful for level 6 learners undertaking the independent study and post graduate students studying research methodology.

Miss Danielle Chavrimootoo
Department Education, Bradford College
July 11, 2011

A great practical guide showing how to carry out an action research inquiry. The book is written in a simple straight forward way that is easily understood and clearly laid out. Very suitable for under graduates who want to carry out small or large inquiries.

Ms Denise Elliott
primary education, Stranmillis University College
May 3, 2011

This is an extremely clear and comprehensive guide to doing action research. It provides guidance for all phases of action research from 'Geatting Started' to 'Publishing'. A very useful reference text.

Mr Mark Bowler
Physical Education , University of Bedfordshire
April 5, 2011

Students find this a very informative text for their first educational reserach projects.

Mrs Nanna Ryder
Education , Trinity College Carmarthen
April 1, 2011

This book is a useful guide if you are embarking on action research for the first time. With many illustrative examples and relevant websites, the text takes the student through the research process from defining action research to publishing action research findings.

Dr Alaster Douglas
School of Education, Roehampton University
February 11, 2011

New to the 2nd edition is guidance on the following:

  • Philosophical underpinnings of Action Research
  • The challenges of being an insider researcher
  • Searching and analysing literature from the internet
  • Children's participation and children's rights in action research projects in educational settings
  • Validity and authenticity in action research

The 2nd edition also features:

  • A new chapter on writing for publication
  • An action research planning sheet

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter 5: Gathering data

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