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Digging Deeper Into Action Research

A Teacher Inquirer's Field Guide
By: Nancy Fichtman Dana

Foreword by Marilyn Cochran-Smith

From framing your question to presenting your research, this is your go-to guide each time you embark on a new inquiry. Includes real-life vignettes, self-guided worksheets, and a DVD.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452241951
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 120
  • Publication date: February 05, 2013

Price: $31.95

Description

Description

Take your great idea to the next level with action research

How—and when—can we find time to conduct meaningful action research? Great ideas and thought-provoking questions can only blossom through methodical inquiry. Nancy Fichtman Dana steps in as your action-research coach and leads you on a journey through wonderings to real change in your classroom.

From framing your question to presenting your research, this guide will encourage, challenge, and ultimately lead you through the action research process. Teachers, students, and action-research coaches alike will learn how to:

• Reframe initial wonderings into pointed inquiries
• Creatively analyze both qualitative and quantitative data
• Draw action-research topics out of ordinary discussions with colleagues
• Share findings with others to help them improve as well

With real-life vignettes, self-guided worksheets, and an included DVD, Digging Deeper into Action Research is your go-to guide each time you embark on a new journey toward professional growth.

"This field guide will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to the larger project of practitioners engaged in the work of reflecting on, studying, and interrogating their own practice in order ultimately to improve the social life of classrooms and the learning opportunities and life chances of children."
—Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education
Boston College

"This is THE book to read for any educator who ever found themselves asking, 'What just happened?!?' If you like finding your own solutions to your teaching problems, this is the key to your freedom and to satisfaction in your teaching career!"
—Mary K. Culver, Associate Clinical Professor
Northern Arizona University


Key features

  • Simple and succinct review of each component of the action research process.
  • Exercises and vignettes to guide teachers conducting classroom research.
  • The "5 Es" (engage, enable, expand, express, and embrace) - A mnemonic device to inspire teachers to engage in their own research and energize them throughout each step of the process, particularly in these trying education times.
  • Tips for fine-tuning a "wondering" (or research question), developing a research plan, analyzing data, and presenting research to colleagues.
Author(s)

Author(s)

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Nancy Fichtman Dana

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently professor of education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in Hannibal Central Schools, New York. Since earning her PhD from Florida State University in 1991, she has been a passionate advocate for teacher inquiry and has worked extensively in supporting schools, districts and universities in implementing powerful programs of job-embedded professional development through inquiry across the United States and in several countries, including China, South Korea, Belgium, Portugal, The Netherlands, Slovenia, and Estonia. She has published ten books and over 100 articles in professional journals and edited books focused on her research exploring teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry. Dana has received many honors, including the Association of Teacher Educator’s Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award and the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) Book of the Year Award, both honoring Dana and Yendol-Hoppey’s work related to practitioner inquiry.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Foreword by Marilyn Cochran-Smith


Preface


Acknowledgments


Introduction to the Inspire to Inquire DVD


About the Author


How to Use the Inquiry Books


1. Why Do Teacher Research Anyway?

Teacher Research Defined

How to Define Your Research

Why It's Important: The 5 Es

2. Developing and Fine-Tuning Your Wondering

Wondering Defined

How to Define Your Wondering

The Wondering Litmus Test

3. Developing and Fine-Tuning Your Research Plan

Research Plan Defined

How to Define Your Research Plan

The Inquiry Plan Litmus Test

4. Analyzing Your Data

Data Analysis Defined

How to Avoid Data Analysis Paralysis

The Data Analysis Litmus Test

5. Presenting Your Research

Presentation Defined

How to Define Your Presentation

The Presentation Litmus Test

6. On Your Way: Teacher Research as a Way of Being in the World

Inquiry Stance Defined

How to Define Your Stance

Living the Life of an Inquirer

References


Index


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