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Action Research for Educators
Daniel R. Tomal -
Dennis J. Hastert
This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide to a research method that can be used by educators to increase student learning, student self-esteem, and quality of school life in the classroom. This user-friendly book covers the principles and history of action research, ethical and legal considerations, methods for conducting both formal and informal action research, data collection methods, analysis and interpretation, action planning and initiation, and results evaluation. The author includes numerous examples, strategies, and illustrations that can be applied to elementary and secondary schools as well as university settings.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-1-60709-646-7 • Hardback • March 2010 •
978-1-60709-647-4 • Paperback • March 2010 •
978-1-60709-648-1 • eBook • March 2010 •
The Concordia University Leadership Series
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Daniel R. Tomal
is a professor of educational leadership and research at Concordia University Chicago. He is also a consultant and the author of nine books such as
Challenging Students to Learn
. He has made guest appearances on many national radio and television shows.
Chapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 The Nature of Educational Research
Chapter 4 Action Research
Chapter 5 Data Collection Methods
Chapter 6 Data Analysis and Interpretation
Chapter 7 Solving Problems and Taking Action
Chapter 8 Evaluating Action Research
Chapter 9 Conducting Action Research
Tomal provides a guide to action research that should be in the library of every educator. The principles of this book have the potential to motivate teachers, inspire best practices, and to pursue action plans that transform schools. Reading this book will enhance the practice of novice educators interested in problem solving and heighten the resolve of experienced educators to engage in practical research. A must-read for practicing educators and students. Essential.
, (For The First Edition)
Are you planning to conduct action research or are you teaching an action research course? If so, this book is for you. The book provides you with all you need from a description of how action research varies using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, through models of action research with excellent examples, to methods of evaluating action research.
Action Research for Educators
is a must-have book for anyone involved in action research.
Edward C. Mann, chair/associate professor, Department of Technology Education, University of Southern Mississippi
This is a book that is both substantive and readable. Action research has a tremendous potential for school reform that has yet to be tapped. Tomal builds an understanding of this important concept from the ground up by providing a strong theoretical framework, and clear concrete examples.
James A. Rycik, professor of education, Ashland University, Ohio; editor, American Secondary Education
Tomal provides an excellent basis for understanding action research that is relevant and practical for all educators. The essential research principles, strategies, and theoretical concepts have been well explained and are clearly connected and reinforced through concrete examples in his book. I am confident that
Action Research for Educators
will provide a positive contribution to education and improve our skills as educators.
Robert K. Wilhite, Chairman, Department of Leadership, Concordia University Chicago; retired superintendent, Illinois High School District 215
This book is excellent with relevant and very clearly presented information regarding action research. My students find it very helpful.
Elaine M. Bukowiecki
As school leaders search for answers to questions about the best way to improve the teaching and learning process, one of the most critical challenges they face is connecting the dots between were they are and where they want to be. This book is a comprehensive tool to support a professional learning community in identifying a problem, collecting and analyzing relevant data, and establishing clear, specific goals that are focused on student learning.
Sallie D. Penman, director, Illinois Administrators' Academy, Chicago Public Schools
Tomal's book provides a practical and understandable approach to action research that can validate improvement strategies to foster gains in student achievement. He removes the stigma of research with his clear explanation of terms, illustrative examples, and is able to convey complex concepts in understandable language. This is a must read for any educator looking to take his or her practice to the next level.
Robert A. Rammer, assistant superintendent, School District 200, Wheaton, Illinois
Practical, feasible, collaborative not only defines the process of action research, but also describes this well written, accessible Action Research text. Highly recommended as a college-level text as well as a guide for staff developers and classroom teachers seeking to improve their practice and student learning.
Joan B. Lampert, chair, Research and Evaluation, Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, Park Ridge, Illinois
Tomal's book thoughtfully weaves the theoretical underpinnings of action research with practical step-by-step insights about a procedure model for conducting action research. It is organized in a manner to give the neophyte, novice, advanced teacher or administrator viable methods for conducting both formal and informal action research. This book is a must for every educator's bookshelf committed to inquiry and the principles of reflective research.
Gary N. Frisch, chief financial officer, Barrington School District 220
oExamples of benchmarking techniques
oPractical tips and strategies for analyzing data
oSamples of teacher action research projects and references
oStrategies in conducting interviews and surveys
oSamples of teacher action research projects
oCase illustrations and figures
oOne hundred ideas for conducting action research
oActual examples of surveys and questionnaires
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