Becoming a Teacher through Action Research
Process, Context, and Self-Study, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2010 – 254 pages
Becoming a Teacher through Action Research skillfully interweaves the stories of pre-service teaching with the process of action research. This engaging text focuses specifically on the needs of pre-service teachers by providing assistance for all stages of the research experience, including guidance on how to select an area of focus, design a culturally-proficient study, collect and interpret data, and communicate findings.
With an updated preface and introduction, this revised edition fully develops a convincing response to the framing question of the book, "Why pre-service teacher action research?" The new edition offers a more robust overview of research methodology, including mixed methods examples as well as quantitative data collection strategies. The authors also touch on digital photography and audio collection tools for presenting action research. Using additional activities and examples, the authors clarify how to ask critical questions using literature reviews.
New Features in the Second Edition:
This one-of-a-kind guide continues to offer invaluable support for teacher-education students during a critical phase of their professional—and personal—lives.
"Phillips and Carr (both, Pacific Univ.) provide a highly accessible guide to conducting teacher action research. Their book is meant to aid the creation and transformation of the reader's identity as a teacher. The authors' experience in preparing fledgling teachers is apparent in this top quality second edition; any instructor teaching action research as a new assignment would be delighted to discover this title."-CHOICE
1. Becoming a Student Teacher-Action Researcher
2. Discovering an Area of Focus
3. Action Research Design and Methodology
4. Data Analysis and Interpretation
5. Telling the Story of Your Action Research
6. Living Action Research as a Professional Educator
Donna Kalmbach Phillips is Associate Professor of Education at Pacific University, Oregon.
Kevin Carr is Associate Professor of Education at Pacific University, Oregon.