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Surviving and Thriving with Teacher Action Research

Reflections and Advice from the Field

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Edited By Heather Lattimer and Stacey Caillier

Action research can be a transformative learning experience that strengthens educators’ practice and empowers our voices. For the novice action researcher, however, it can sometimes be frustrating, isolating, and overwhelming. Surviving and Thriving with Teacher Action Research is an outstanding companion for educators embarking on the action research journey. The book shares the collected wisdom of more than thirty experienced teacher researchers. Designed to guide readers through the research process, the book is divided into five sections that reflect critical components of action research: developing a research question, designing a plan, engaging student voice, implementing the research process, analyzing data and sharing results. Relevant for both novice and seasoned action researchers, Surviving and Thriving is perfect for use in graduate education coursework, among professional learning communities, or by teachers embarking on action research independently. The text design, which includes introductory statements and guiding questions for each section, allows the book to stand alone as a guide for action research or it can serve as an outstanding complement to a more traditional, procedurally focused action research methods textbook.

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Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi Stacey Caillier and Heather Lattimer Section One: Journey toward a Research Question Chapter One: Fierce Wonderings: Finding Your Research Passion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Callie Sprague Chapter Two: Starting with a Problem: Using Action Research to Respond to Challenges in the Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Linnea Rademaker, Catherine Henry, and Laurel Gustafson Chapter Three: Do I Really Want iPads? How Critical Questions About a School Reform Can Drive Action Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Margit Boyesen Chapter Four: Building on Success: Recalling the Past to Inspire Action Research in a New Context . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 JoHanna Simko Chapter Five: My Journey toward a Workable Action Research Question . . . . . . . . 27 Qudsia Kalsoom Chapter Six: Moving from “Noticings” to Research Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jocelyn Peck vi | t able of contents Chapter Seven: Goals, Questions, and Anxiety: Initiating the Research Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Ashley Vasquez Section Two: Designing Action Research Chapter Eight: Taming the Beast: Researching and Writing a Literature Review . . . .49 Juli Ruff Chapter Nine: Emergent Research: Building the Plane While Flying It . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Bryan Meyer Chapter Ten: Making Time for Action Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Bernice Alota Chapter Eleven: Data Collection: How My Research Methods Became My Greatest Assessment Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Sarah Strong Chapter Twelve: The Stories at the Heart of Our Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Cady Staff Chapter Thirteen: What Makes Action Research Good Research? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Stephen F . Hamilton Section Three: Engaging Student Voice Chapter Fourteen: Learning to Listen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Melissa Han Chapter Fifteen: Letting Students See behind the Curtain: Transparency, Teacher as Learner, and the IRB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Jessica De Young Kander Chapter...

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