Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-0693-9 • Paperback • November 2010 • $56.00 • (£43.00)
978-1-4422-0694-6 • eBook • November 2010 • $53.00 • (£41.00)
Sandra M. Alber is associate professor of education at Oakland University. She has mentored hundreds of action researchers since 1992.
Part 1 Dedication
Part 2 Preface
Part 3 Acknowledgments
Part 4 Section One - Setting the Stage for the Action Research Project
Chapter 5 Finding My Topic - Part 2
Chapter 6 Developing a Thesis Statement
Chapter 7 Asking Your Research Question
Chapter 8 Preparing to Discuss the Problem and Context of Your Study
Chapter 9 Describing the Purpose of Your Research
Chapter 10 Identifying Related Aspects of Your General Topic - Method I
Chapter 11 Identifying Related Aspects of Your General Topic - Method II
Chapter 12 Organizing for Writing
Part 13 Section Two - Review of the Related Literature
Chapter 14 Writing the Rationale for Your Study
Chapter 15 Preparing for the Review of the Related Literature
Chapter 16 Research Records
Chapter 17 Definitions
Chapter 18 Preparing to Write the Review of Related Literature - The Introduction
Chapter 19 Preparing to Write the Body of the Review of the Related Literature - Organizing the Review of the Literature
Chapter 20 Writing the Review of the Related Literature - Ethics Checklist
Part 21 Section Three - Methodology
Chapter 22 Methodology Frames
Chapter 23 Planning and Data Collection - Ethics Checklist
Chapter 24 Data Collection Tools
Chapter 25 Ethics Checklist
Chapter 26 Section Four - Data Analysis and Display
Chapter 27 From Implementation to Analysis
Chapter 28 Data Sorting Frames
Chapter 29 Displaying Data
Part 30 Section Five - Discussion, Implications, Recommendations
Chapter 31 Planning the Discussion, Implications and Conclusions
Chapter 32 Discussion, Implications, Conclusions - Ethics Checklist
Chapter 33 Final Editing Checklist
A Toolkit for Action Research is a very practical and useful resource for conducting meaningful research. Further, this book is a must for teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on research as it includes a plethora of forms for immediate use.
— Ed Pultorak, Former President, Association of Teacher Educators; Southern Illinois University
Sandra Alber's A Toolkit for Action Research fills a void that exists for many novices between the theory and actual practice of Action Research. By providing a practical handbook consisting of "frames" for considering the issues and steps involved from the first conceptualization stages through the final completion of the research and presentation of findings in written form, the book becomes a bridge spanning this chasm.
— Beverly J. Klug, Idaho State University
A Toolkit for Action Research is a comprehensive, practical handbook on the art and science of doing action research. Intended to be used as an interactive workbook, the book is divided into five sections, starting with the basics of selecting a topic and ending with strategies for final editing. This is a must-have resource for a variety of audiences, including P-12 teachers and administrators, teacher education candidates, higher education professors, and other practicing professionals.
— Annette D. Digby, dean, Thayer School of Education, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
Dr. Sandra Alber has written a user-friendly guide for pre-service and in-service teachers who wish to engage in action research projects to inform their teaching. The book walks the user through all phases of the project in easy-to-follow steps that facilitate success and limit stress. This is a book I will use myself and strongly recommend to the teachers and students I work with.
— Jane McCarthy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A great supplemental, resource guide for guiding students through action research
— Daniel R. Tomal, Concordia University Chicago; author of Action Research for Educators
—Is an application book to be used like a workbook.
—Includes a series of frames to help professionals and students complete action research projects.
—Students and instructors may make choices on which frames will be used.
—Treats completion of action research projects as process writing.
—Supports traditional textbooks on action research.