ERIC Number: ED132713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Facts for a Change: Citizen Action Research for Better Schools.
In an action research project, local citizens and community groups (often in collaboration with school professionals) investigate community-defined issues. Action research is geared to help people think clearly about an issue and find the resources they need to face it. In such a project, citizens develop skills in organizing, finding resources, gathering data, and analyzing the facts. They learn to evaluate data objectively, propose solutions, and act collectively to bring about change. Action research narrows the gap between social research and social change. This handbook details the process for getting the facts, organizing support, and following through. Chapter 1 explains how groups can organize for action research on an issue that concerns them. Chapter 2 describes fact-finding methods for action research, from stating the issue as a researchable problem to analyzing the facts. Chapter 3 suggests strategies for followup, from developing proposals to dealing with opposition. Action research aids and a resource directory complete the text. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Action Research, Community Action, Community Organizations, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Information Dissemination, Organization, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Worksheets
Institute for Responsive Education, 704 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 ($5.00, orders for $10.00 or less must be accompanied by payment or requisition)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hazen Foundation, New Haven, CT.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.