This book facilitates the completion of action research studies by providing a series of tasks that guide action researchers from the beginning of a project and selecting a topic for study, to completion of the project and editing final reports. All too often, students and practicing professionals in professional development schools are overwhelmed by the thought of doing an action research project and resort to using quasi-experimental designs. A Toolkit for Action Research puts an end to both, with the result being a life-long learning and reflection tool for teachers.
Sandra M. Alber is associate professor of education at Oakland University. She has mentored hundreds of action researchers since 1992.
Part 1 Dedication Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Section One - Setting the Stage for the Action Research Project Chapter 5 Finding My Topic - Part 2 Chapter 6 Developing a Thesis Statement Chapter 7 Asking Your Research Question Chapter 8 Preparing to Discuss the Problem and Context of Your Study Chapter 9 Describing the Purpose of Your Research Chapter 10 Identifying Related Aspects of Your General Topic - Method I Chapter 11 Identifying Related Aspects of Your General Topic - Method II Chapter 12 Organizing for Writing Part 13 Section Two - Review of the Related Literature Chapter 14 Writing the Rationale for Your Study Chapter 15 Preparing for the Review of the Related Literature Chapter 16 Research Records Chapter 17 Definitions Chapter 18 Preparing to Write the Review of Related Literature - The Introduction Chapter 19 Preparing to Write the Body of the Review of the Related Literature - Organizing the Review of the Literature Chapter 20 Writing the Review of the Related Literature - Ethics Checklist Part 21 Section Three - Methodology Chapter 22 Methodology Frames Chapter 23 Planning and Data Collection - Ethics Checklist Chapter 24 Data Collection Tools Chapter 25 Ethics Checklist Chapter 26 Section Four - Data Analysis and Display Chapter 27 From Implementation to Analysis Chapter 28 Data Sorting Frames Chapter 29 Displaying Data Part 30 Section Five - Discussion, Implications, Recommendations Chapter 31 Planning the Discussion, Implications and Conclusions Chapter 32 Discussion, Implications, Conclusions - Ethics Checklist Chapter 33 Final Editing Checklist