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Doing Action Research

Doing Action Research
A Guide for School Support Staff

September 2006 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The clear intention of the authors is to motivate, persuade and give confidence to those who might otherwise think that research can only be carried out by teams of university staff' - ESCalate

Most Teaching Assistants (TAs) studying for Foundation Degrees need to do Action Research projects.

This book acts as an introduction to research methods, and will be especially useful if you are doing such work for the first time. It:

" introduces the basic principles and practice of research methods;

" provides an overview of the processes involved in Action Research;

" shows you how to identify an issue, design and carry out a course of action and evaluate the impact of this action;

" uses real case studies from practising TAs.

The content of the book relates to both Early Years and Primary settings, and there are case studies from a variety of settings.

Anyone studying for a Foundation Degree, or working towards HLTA status, will find this book meets their needs.

Claire Taylor is Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln. Min Wilkie is Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants at the University of Leicester. Judith Baser has worked in a wide range of educational settings, including 5 years as a teaching assistant. More recently, she has run training courses for teaching assistants in ways to support children's learning and development.

Defining Action Research
The Literature Review
Gathering Information
Interpreting Information
Writing a Report

Have recommended this publication for the Foundation Degree level students - the data analysis chapter has been useful to majority of students with easy to follow diagrams and explanations.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
October 19, 2014

A well received book by Year 3 students doing a BA in Early Childhood Studies. The book came very valuable when preparing their research assignments.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
March 18, 2014

Not used this book as much as others.

Miss Catherine Flint
Educational Foundations , Tameside College
December 4, 2012

It is unusual to get such a book for support staff but this one is a must for those going on to HLTA status. great links to the standards with helpful guidance which is easy to understand

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
May 10, 2011

This is an absolutely excellent book for our Foundation Degree students (all of whom are higher level teaching assistants) when discussing how to do their research projects. Very clearly written, lots of great examples, very accessible for an undergraduate audience.

Dr Barbara Read
School of Education, Roehampton University
October 20, 2010

Very good for my Teaching Assistant Foundation Degree students. Have recommended.

Linda McGhie
Faculty of Education, University of Cumbria
September 23, 2010

This is clearly written and very apt for FdA Working with Children and Young People students in addition to those studying learning support.

Mrs Su Steed
Education and Professsional Development, Doncaster University Centre
March 30, 2010

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ISBN: 9781412912785
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SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods' robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.