ERIC Number: ED450105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-30
The AEL Guide to Action Research.
Fleming, Douglas S.
This guide introduces the skills and dispositions necessary to participate in educational action research. It targets teachers, administrators, college faculty, graduate students, state professional organizations, and state administrators. Chapter 1, "Understanding Action Research as a Tool for Professional Growth and Organizational Development," defines action research, discusses why it is important to use reflective inquiry, and lists resources for beginning researchers. Chapter 2, "A Short History of Action Research," provides background on the subject of action research. Chapter 3, "Core Practices in School and Classroom Inquiry," outlines steps found in many action research programs, discussing: the use of tools to frame the inquiry; developing a plan of action for investigation; collecting and analyzing data from multiple sources; analyzing and interpreting data from schools or classrooms; engaging in reflection and introspection; and documenting and reporting results. Chapter 4, "Examples of Action Research," provides examples of educational action research. Chapter 5, "Frequently Asked Questions about Action Research," looks at 11 commonly asked questions about action research (e.g., who conducts action research and how it is carried out). A sample action research proposal is appended. (Contains 16 annotated references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry, Professional Development, Research Methodology, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Researchers
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.