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Improving Schools Through Action Research
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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 An Introduction to Action Research
  • Chapter 2 Generating a Research Focus and Research Questions
  • Generating a Research Focus and Research Questions
  • Chapter 3 Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature
  • Connecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the Literature
  • Chapter 4 Planning the Action Research Study
  • Planning the Action Research Study
  • Chapter 5 Collecting Data
  • Collecting Data
  • Chapter 6 Analyzing Data in Action Research Studies
  • Analyzing Data in Action Research Studies
  • Chapter 7 Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report
  • Writing and Disseminating the Action Research Report
  • Appendices
An Introduction to Action ResearchGenerating a Research Focus and Research QuestionsConnecting Theory and Action: Reviewing the LiteraturePlanning the Action Research StudyCollecting DataAnalyzing Data in Action Research StudiesWriting and Disseminating the Action Research Report

About the Author

Cher Hendricks directs the University of West Georgia's Center for Teaching and Learning. Her areas of expertise are action research, scholarship of teaching and learning, educational research, and program evaluation. Cher has been a teacher of students with disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels, a K-12 program evaluator focusing on STEM education, and an associate professor of educational research.

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From reviews of the text:

"I've used the Hendricks text for 5 semesters and have modified the course each semester based on a deeper appreciation for the content the text offers. . . . . The Hendricks text provides an excellent organization and sequence in implementing the process of action research. . . . I see the text as a very strong component to my course and to any action research courses offered. . . . It helps students to produce a thorough and valuable end product."

-Jill Miels, Ball State University

"Key strengths are the examples and sample narratives; . . . projects threaded through the text provide a unifying connection of applications of the process for teachers. . . . [T]he last chapter provides much needed guidance for dissemination of research study results through presentations and publications."

-Reese H. Todd, Texas Tech University

"The strength of the text is accessibility and clarity. The text takes students through the steps of creating an action research project in clear and concise language. Hendricks does an excellent job of providing an appropriate balance of support and challenge for student teachers/action researchers. Hendricks explains complicated topics and concepts in a user friendly manner without sacrificing the intent and underlying meaning of the concepts. Great text for anyone who wants to learn more about constructing their own knowledge and improving schools through action research."

-Jason Colombino, Boston College Lynch School of Education

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