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ERIC Number: ED438042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Action Research Revisited: Five Field Examples.
Warner, Laverne; Adams, Polly
Noting the need for research to support and inform early childhood classroom practices, this paper describes action research and presents examples of studies prepared by preservice teachers or by certified teachers pursuing master's degrees in education. Action research, aligned with regularly used assessment strategies, is a method whereby educators and child care practitioners can obtain information through literature review, data collection, and personal reflection to inform their practice without using the strict controls or statistics applied to traditional research design. Three of the action research examples presented concern teachers' needs to learn about language development in young children. One of the examples focuses on year-round schooling. The final example concerns parental perceptions regarding teachers' competence. Each of the action researchers defined their own research strategies to obtain needed information and acquired knowledge important to them. The paper concludes that organizing a study to solve a specific educational problem or to discover more information about given environments is the true nature of action research. Contains 20 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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