Empowering the Voice of the Teacher Researcher through a Culture of Inquiry is essentially a description of one school's initiatives to use collaborative communities and action research to empower teacher research and a culture of collective inquiry. It is written by teachers primarily for teachers and teacher educators. Because administrative support is foundational to the process, school and district administrators and staff developers will also be interested in reading about how this school's principal and assistant principal set the stage for developing their community of learners. What sets this text apart are the first-person accounts of teachers' experiences with action research as examples of profound possibilities for professional growth.
Roger Neilson Brindley is an Associate Professor and the Interim Associate Director of USF World and the Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida. He believes master teachers have a remarkable set of skills, and his teaching and research is committed to extending effective pedagogy in teacher education. Christine Crocco brings nineteen years of classroom teaching and over a decade of district office experience to her position as Assistant Director of the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida. Chris is passionate about supporting administrators and teachers in creating the structures for job-embedded staff development.
Part 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 Foreword Part 3 Section One: Exploring the Key Concepts Chapter 4 Promoting Teachers as Thoughtful, Proactive and Effective Decision Makers! Chapter 5 Professional Learning Communities: Setting the Stage for Collaboration Chapter 6 Demystifying Action Research: A Practical Explanation for Teacher Researchers Part 7 Section Two: Creating a Culture of Inquiry Chapter 8 The Perspectives of a School Administration Part 9 Section Three: Practitioner Research Chapters Chapter 10 Coming Full Circle: Describing a Year of Action Research Chapter 11 Service Learning and Action Research: Developing a Course that Sparked the Flame of Citizenship Chapter 12 Action Research? You've Got to be Kidding Me Chapter 13 Write-On: Using Research Data to Improve Student Achievement Chapter 14 Action Research: Motivating Middle School Students Chapter 15 A Splash of Color with a Dash of Discovery Makes One Great Shade Part 16 Section Four: Affirming the Voice of the Teacher Researcher Chapter 17 Reflecting Back on a year of Growth: The Results of Thoughtful, Proactive and Effective Teacher Research Part 18 About the Editors Part 19 About the Contributors