Teachers Investigate Their Work: An introduction to action research across the professions, Edition 2

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Teachers Investigate Their Work introduces the methods and concepts of action research through examples drawn from studies carried out by teachers. The book is arranged as a handbook with numerous sub-headings for easy reference and fourty-one practical methods and strategies to put into action, some of them flagged as suitable `starters'. Throughout the book, the authors draw on their international practical experience of action research, working in close collaboration with teachers.

It is an essential guide for teachers, senior staff and co-ordinators of teacher professional development who are interested in investigating their own practice in order to improve it.

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About the author

Bridget Somekh, BA, PGCE, Adv Dip Ed, MA, PhD, retired from her post as Professor of Educational Research in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008. Since then she has been busy with overseas consultancy work in New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. You can visit her website at: www.bridgetsomekh.com

Herbert Altrichter, University of Linz, Austria.

Peter Posch, Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria.

Allan Feldman, University of Massachusetts, US.

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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Dec 2, 2013
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Pages
308
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ISBN
9781317796961
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / General
Education / Professional Development
Education / Research
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This handbook presents and critiques predominant and emergent traditions of Educational Action Research internationally. Now a prominent methodology, Educational Action Research is well suited to exploring, developing and sustaining change processes both in classrooms and whole organisations such as schools, Departments of Education, and many segments of universities.

The handbook contains theoretical and practical based chapters by highly respected scholars whose work has been seminal in building knowledge and expertise in the field. It also contains chapters exemplifying the work of prominent practitioner and community groups working outside universities.

The Editors provide an introduction and conclusion, as well as an opening chapter which charts the historical development of action research and provides an analysis of its underlying theories. The handbook is organized into four sections, each beginning with a short introduction:

- Action research methodology: diversity of rationales and practices

- Professional: Knowledge production, staff development, and the status of educators

- Personal: Self-awareness, development and identity

- Political: Popular knowledge, difference, and frameworks for change

This is a key resource for scholars and graduate students at doctors and masters levels, as well as school leaders and administrators.

Susan Noffke is Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign and co-editor with R.B. Stevenson of Educational Action Research (Teachers College Press, 1995). She taught at the primary school level for a decade, and has led masters and doctoral level courses in action research for the past 20 years. She continues to work with many collaborative projects with schools and school districts.

Bridget Somekh is Professor of Educational Research at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is a founder editor of the Educational Action Research journal and has been a co-ordinator of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) for many years. She is co-editor of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SAGE: 2005) and author of Action Research: a Methodology for Change and Development (Open University Press: 2006).

Peter Posch feiert am 3. Jänner 2018 seinen achtzigsten Geburtstag. Dieser Band ist ihm und seiner Arbeit für die österreichische Bildungsforschung und Schulentwicklung gewidmet. Peter Posch hat durch seine Offenheit für Neues, kritisches Hinterfragen von theoretischen Begründungen und empirischen Belegen sowie tatkräftiges Engagement viele Forscher/innen und Praktiker/innen in Österreich und darüber hinaus zu eigener Forschungs- und Entwicklungsarbeit ermutigt und sie nicht selten auch durch Beratung und praktische Hilfe dabei unterstützt.
Dieses Buch will nicht die Leistungen von Peter Posch in umfassender Weise würdigen. Die Autorinnen und Autoren sind mit Peter Posch durch Projekte oder Publikationen verbunden und wollen auf seine große und nachhaltige Bedeutung für die Entwicklung der österreichischen Bildungslandschaft hinweisen. Ganz im Sinne des Jubilars soll dies aber nicht primär mit dem Feiern von Vergangenem geschehen, sondern durch aktuelle Analysen von 'Baustellen' des österreichischen Bildungswesens. Peter Posch war bis 2000 Professor an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. In seiner Pensionierung hat er den neuen Lebensabschnitt dazu genutzt, mehr Zeit für Familie und seine nächste Umgebung zu finden. Wenn sein Rat benötigt wurde, hat er aber auch von Fall zu Fall die Arbeit des Klagenfurter Instituts für Unterrichts- und Schulentwicklung unterstützt. Peter Posch arbeitet bis heute an Publikationen zur Umweltbildung, zur Entwicklung des österreichischen Schulwesens, zur Aktionsforschung von Lehrpersonen, zur aktuellen Neuordnung der österreichischen Lehrer/innenbildung, zu den Lesson Studies und der Variationstheorie.
Dieses Buch ist in drei Abschnitte gegliedert: Unterricht und Schule, Lehrer/innenbildung und Schulentwicklung sowie Schule und Gesellschaft.

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"This book provides an excellent balance between theory and practical application in social research. The book works well to develop students' understanding of particular methods of inquiry, embedding them within "real world" settings. I envisage that it will help students to understand the nuances of particular approaches, the complimentarity of certain methods, and the areas of conflict/contention within social research in a way that overcomes the sometimes abstract nature of these discussions" - Dr Jon Tan, School of Education and Professional Training, Leeds Metropolitan University

"This book unlocks all of the important areas of social science research in an easily digestible and stimulating style. Both students and supervisors in a range of disciplines will find this an excellent resource" - Fazal Rizvi, Professor in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rather than being written by one or two `generalists', this innovative book is written by a large number of active researchers about their specialisms in methods/methodologies.

The book introduces all the key qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods and seeks to draw readers into a community of researchers engaged in reflection on the research process. Included are narrative accounts of carrying out a research study that explore the way in which the research design and methods are shaped by the methodology, discussing problematic issues, and reflecting on the way in which knowledge and understanding develop. Aimed at researchers and postgraduate students, it will also be invaluable for students at masters level.

Click on the companion website logo above to access additional resources and links to accompany each chapter in the book.

"Research Methods in the Social Sciences is a valuable pedagogical tool. It is organized as a dialogue between theory and key concepts, and practice - stories from the field allowing novices and scholars alike to see how critical interpretive research is actually conducted" - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois

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