Teacher as Researcher: Becoming Familiar with Educational Research to Connect Theory to Practice is written for teachers involved in research on improving classroom instruction and helping students in their learning process. This is a complete guide for in-service teachers doing research in their classroom or for pre-service teachers as a guest teacher in a classroom. The purpose of this book is to offer a set of research tools for teachers to follow through the inquiry process and provide effective solutions to significant problems in their classroom.
The book’s structure will help teachers to target the problem in their own classroom, inquire about different strategies that may provide solutions, and then finally examine the effective solution to the problem. The clarity and brevity of this book will help teachers conduct an action research study in a classroom or learn to do a case study with their student(s) in order to help students in their learning process. Designed for busy teachers, this book is simple to follow throughout the research process.
Dr. Smita Guha is a professor in the teacher education field at St. John’s University. She is involved in research in the area of mathematics and science teaching.
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Writing the Title of your Study
Chapter 3: Writing the Abstract of your Study
Chapter 4: Writing the Introduction of your Study
Chapter 5: Writing the Background of the Problem of your Study
Chapter 6: Writing the Literature Review of your Study including References
Chapter 7: Writing the Need and Significance of your Study
Chapter 8: Writing the Purpose of your Study and the Research Question
Chapter 9: Writing the Methodology of your Study
Chapter 10: Writing the Findings and Reporting Results
Chapter 11: Writing the Discussion of your Study
Chapter 12: Writing the Conclusion of your Study
About the Author
Teacher as Researcher: Becoming Familiar with Educational Research to Connect Theory to Practice, written by Dr. Smita Guha, is an essential guide for teacher-researchers on writing a master’s thesis. Concerned students, teachers, and researchers will learn how to formulate their research questions, articulate the purpose and significance of their study, and find related scholarly published articles. Viewing related literature will help the teacher-researchers to create a protocol for their own research. Lastly, this book will also teach researchers how to analyze the results of data and write a discussion on that data.
At long last, a comprehensive and “reader-friendly” guide book that assists undergraduate, graduate, and even doctoral students to understand the research process from the inside out! With clarity and focus, Dr. Guha guides the reader through the conceptualization of each stage of a study, and provides extensive suggestions, resources, websites, forms, and checklists for qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and action research studies. She offers students the needed support necessary to follow a line of investigation, explore multiple scholarly sources, manage their data, elaborate upon their findings/conclusions, and produce their own “evidenced-based” classroom studies that connect theory to practice. This will certainly be one of the recommended texts for my case courses at Touro Graduate School of Education. Thank you Dr. Guha!
Teacher as Researcher: Becoming Familiar with Educational Research to Connect Theory to Practice is written by a university faculty member who spends time in the real world of classroom teaching which makes its approach relevant to actual practice. The text provides the classroom teacher with a concise, easy to understand overview of the research process and how it can be incorporated into daily teaching processes without taking away from or lumbering the teacher with tedious and often unnecessary discussion.
As an adjunct professor of education at St John’s University who teaches the thesis research course for master’s degree recipients, I have long searched for the perfect textbook to introduce to students who have to be engaged in a research project that will inform their work in accomplishing classroom success amongst their own students. Dr. Guha’s book achieved what I have been searching for: a compendium that leads the graduate student involved in an action research project, which when we look at the cognitive continuum, from novice to expert.
Teacher as Researcher: Becoming Familiar with Educational Research to Connect Theory to Practice addresses the need for an introductory text that is easy to read and does not bog the reader down with statistical language and methodology. This text serves as a guide for educators involved in a thesis project to examine significant issues and problems in the classroom. It leads the researcher engaged in action research from developing a plan, to organizing a draft that segues to the actual action research itself, to reporting the results.
Overall, Dr. Guha’s book provides the teacher researcher a pathway from initial concept to enduring understanding, and from research question to analysis of an action research project. In this manner the researcher can develop a clearly stated research question, make connections to literature reviews with concomitant hypotheses, and conduct the actual research. Incorporated within this structure are ethical considerations in conducting research. Within the text, Dr. Guha provides readers with a rubric (developed at St. John’s University) that acts as road map to the contextual cues needed for a successful project. The attention to detail makes this a landmark text!
Teacher as Researcher: Becoming Familiar with Educational Research to Connect Theory to Practice is a step-by-step guide on educational research and covers such topics as choosing the title, writing the abstract, preparing the literature review, deciding on methodology, preparing qualitative and quantitative studies, collecting and organizing data, analyzing the data, and drawing conclusions. The author includes worksheets and sample forms on peer observations, organizing research, evaluating the literature review, rubrics for research, test instruments, and rubrics for case studies. Also included are assignment worksheets for the research process and an extensive bibliography of resources. Dr. Guha’s book is a very helpful and practical resource.
This short and concise “primer” of how to conduct basic research is essential for the novice researcher. Written in words that are clear and understandable, this primer may be used as an introduction to reading more complex works in action research or case studies. It can also be used as a stand-alone text amongst beginning researchers as it gives good examples and homework assignments that will afford these pre-and in-service teachers the confidence that they, too, can read and conduct research. Many books on research frighten off the reader with their technical jargon and implicit expectations. Dr. Guha’s primer breaks that mold.