ERIC Number: ED406382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Collaborative Team Action Research in The Middle Grades: A Tool for Professional Development.
Saurino, Dan R.; And Others
Action research begins with a question of interest to the researchers. Once the question is answered or progress is made toward answering it, action is taken. Data collected throughout the process are analyzed and conclusions are made. The process begins again with either a new question or a modification of the old question. Collaborative team action research involves teams of researchers including teachers, university researchers, and sometimes students. A major goal of action research is to help teachers and administrators develop professionally while university researchers keep abreast of current problems. Of specific interest in the research discussed here were teaching techniques used in grades six through eight, or middle level education. Research teams usually consisted of four content area teachers and a university collaborator; meetings were scheduled regularly for at least an hour. These settings were conducive to generating new strategies to initiate action, direct the research, solve problems, and answer the questions. Findings indicated that collaborative action research leads to continuous professional growth, improved classroom instruction, and student learning. (Contains 61 references.) (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).