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ERIC Number: ED461638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-26
Pages: 19
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Preparing Principals for School Improvement: An Action Research Model.
Turk, Randall L.
This paper describes how master's degree students in a principal preparation program facilitated action research with teachers to promote school improvement. The study identified effective strategies used with teachers during classroom action research, noting instructional strategies future principals considered most effective during the learning process of action research and processes university faculty used to determine preferred practice. Eight future principals conducted action research projects on improving classroom educational processes. Informal interviews with master's degree students and faculty examined their perceptions of the action research process. The researcher analyzed the action research reports, which provided data on design methodology, data analysis, formulation of an action plan, and the graduate student's interaction with the teacher, who was involved in the action research process. The researcher also acted as a participant observer. The paper discusses the longitudinal process used to accomplish the action research and describes how the dialogic process between students and faculty provided critical feedback. Results revealed that the model engaged teachers in critical and reflective thinking. One outcome of the research was the development of an alternative form of action research, reflective conversation. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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