Annotated Bibliography

Action Research

Dana, N. (2013). Digging deeper into action research: A teacher inquirer’s field guide. OH, Learning Forward.
Dana steps in as your action-research coach and leads you on a journey from wonderings to real change in your classroom. With real-life vignettes, self-guided worksheets, and an included DVD, this companion is your go-to guide each time you embark on a new inquiry toward professional growth. Teacher leaders and action-research coaches alike will learn how to: reframe initial wonderings into pointed inquiries, creatively analyze both qualitative and quantitative data, draw action-research topics out of ordinary discussions with colleagues, share findings with others to help them improve as well.
Ferrance, E. (2000). Action research. Themes in education.
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This booklet discusses several types of action research and provides the reader with a historical perspective of the strategy. Ferrance provides you with a process that will support action research in your classroom and school. You will also read the experiences of two teachers who conducted action research in their classroom using Ferrance’s process. Educators will find the booklet helpful and well researched.
Mertler, C. (2014). Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators. CA, Corwin Press.
This fully updated edition of Craig Mertler’s proven text introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use with their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Emphasizing the integration of professional reflection throughout the process and action research as job-embedded professional development, Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties. This all inclusive resource on action research can empower your school!
Pine, G. (2009). Teacher action research: Building knowledge democracies. CA, Corwin Press; Chapter 2
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Pine presents a community approach to action research; this work focuses on helping schools build knowledge democracies through a process of action research in which teachers, students, and parents collaborate in conducting participatory and caring inquiry in the classroom, school, and community. Key features of the book include: how to build a school research culture through collaborative teacher research, the role of the professional development school as a venue for constructing a knowledge democracy, how teacher action research can empower the active and ongoing inclusion of nontraditional voices (those of students and parents) in the research process, and chapters addressing the concrete practices of observation, reflection, dialogue, writing, and the conduct of action research, as well as examples of teacher action research studies. If your desire is to create a culture of action research in your school and/or system, this is the perfect resource.
Stringer, E. (2014). Action research. CA, Corwin Press.
Stringer is a best -selling author; this book represents the fourth edition of his work. Action Research offers easy-to-follow, clear guidelines that enable novice practitioner researchers to move comfortably through a process of inquiry and applied research. Real life examples are noted providing effective solutions that foster understanding of research procedures in educational contexts. The book offers a simple but highly effective model for approaching action research: 1. Look: building a picture and gathering information, 2. Think: interpreting and explaining, and, 3. Act: resolving issues and problems. Using his own experience as a guide, Stringer encourages readers to grapple with the broader political and ethical challenges that frame each inquiry. Principals and teachers will be engaged with Stringer’s style and his common sense approach to action research!