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Action Research in Education

Action Research in Education

March 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This structured and accessible book, with excellent case studies, will give confidence to anyone embarking on an action research project'
-Professor Ken Jones, Dean of Humanities, Swansea Metropolitan University

'Masterly in its lucidity, this text contextualises Action Research in the fiedl of Education Practice; and is therefore a valuable resource in both professional learning and improved professional practice'
-Effie Maclellan, Research Professor in Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

'An engaging, clearly written, and helpfully structured articulation of how AR can be implemented and practised in order to make a difference within educational contexts'
-Dr Stephen Parker, University of Worcester

'Will assist practitioner researchers to develop a profound and critical understanding of this approach'
-Professor Marion Jones, Liverpool John Moores University

This hands-on and user-friendly book uses illustrative case studies to demonstrate and explore the potential for change in real social situations. This book seeks to assert the academic integrity of action research and to de-mystify the process.

Each chapter includes:

- a 'how to' section based on concrete examples and dilemmas

- commentary that relates examples to the broader field

- a discussion of the underlying theoretical approach

- discussion and exploration of quality issues

- discussion of ethical and pragmatic decision-making

The mix of theoretical grounding and focus on real issues will be of benefit to Master's level or advanced undergraduate students on Education and Research Methods courses or those undertaking Action Research as part of professional development activities.

Mary McAteer is Director of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programme at Edge Hill University

Research Methods in Education series:

Each book in this series maps the territory of a key research approach or topic in order to help readers progress from beginner to advanced researcher.

Each book aims to provide a definitive, market-leading overview and to present a blend of theory and practice with a critical edge. All titles in the series are written for Master's-level students anywhere and are intended to be useful to the many diverse constituencies interested in research on education and related areas.

Other books in the series:

- Using Case Study in Education Research

-Qualitative Research in Education, Atkins and Wallace

- Ethnography in Education, Mills and Morton

Getting to Know Action Research
What Is This Thing Called Action Research?

Getting to Grips with Perspectives and Models

Doing Action Research
Getting Started on an Action Research Project

Collecting, Collating and Conversing with Data

Dealing with Literature

Using Data: Making Sense and Making Claims

Writing Up an Action Research Project

Sharing Action Research
Conclusion: Sharing and Promting Action Research


The book offers a useful insight into the nature of action research for practitioners.

Mrs Alison Dawn Milner
HSCFL, South Devon College
October 31, 2015

McAteer discusses the subject clearly - highly recommended for those undertaking action research in education.

Mrs Ruth Steyert
Functional Skills, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
May 21, 2015

This publication will be highly recommended for students studying their action research projects on the foundation degree programme. The chapters are clearly set out with good examples for reflection within each section allowing for students to relate to their current practice.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
September 7, 2015

A useful guide written in user-friendly language which it makes it accessible to students new to action research.

Sasha Pleasance
Teacher Training, South Devon College
February 25, 2015

I find this book very accessible - a good introductory book for education research students considering action research.

Dr Manuela Heinz
School of Education, National University of Ireland
February 4, 2015

Action research is a method that has the capacity to change a situation in practice or education setting. Through case study illustrations, the potential for change is explored in this book. Students who choose to carry out Action research will have a grounding in professional development through reading this book.

Ms Emma Etuk
St Bart's Schl of Nursing & Midwifery, City University
December 19, 2014

This is an accessible and informative text which is ideal as a support text for beginning teacher researchers

Mr Ian Axtell
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City Univ.
September 21, 2014

This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of action research in education. It has applicability to other subject areas such as nursing and health care. It is clearly written and is both interesting and engaging.

Ms Siobhan McCullough
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
August 6, 2014

This is an essential recommendation

Mrs Jo Albin-Clark
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill Univ.
July 8, 2014

This is a well structured and logical book, which is supported by a range of activities and case studies. This should help students undertaking an action research project.

Ms Siobhan McCullough
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
June 8, 2014

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