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Action Research in STEM and English Language Learning
An Integrated Approach for Developing Teacher Researchers

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ISBN 9781138549258
August 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Responding to the linguistic and cultural diversity of the U.S. K-12 student population and an increasing emphasis on STEM, this book offers a model for professional development that engages teachers in transformative action research projects and explicitly links literacy to mathematics and science curriculum through sociocultural principles. Providing detailed and meaningful demonstrations of participatory action research in the classroom, Razfar and Troiano present an effective, systemic approach that helps preservice teachers support students’ funds of knowledge. By featuring teacher and researcher narratives, this book centers teacher expertise and offers a more holistic and humanistic understanding of authentic and empathetic teaching. Focusing on integrating instructional knowledge from ESL, bilingual, and STEM education, the range of cases and examples will allow readers to implement action research projects in their own classrooms. Chapters include discussion questions and additional resources for students, researchers, and educators.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction

  1. Teacher Learning, Aria Razfar
  2. Conceptual Framework: What is "Discourse"? Joe Rumenapp and Alex Carstensen
  3. Mediational Tools: Discourse Analysis, Activity Triangle, Inventory Table; Aria Razfar, Beverly Trioano, Ambareen Nasir

Section II: Areas of Change

  1. Integrated Curriculum: Mathematics, Science, Discourse, and Els, Alex Carstensen, Zayoni Torres
  2. Student Voice: Social Organization of Learning, IRE vs. Conventional, Adrian Allen, Joanna Maravilla-Cano
  3. Funds of Knowledge: Multilingualism, Cultural Difference as Resource, Abareen Nasir, Marcine Adams
  4. Multiple Languages: The Classroom as a Discourse Community
  5. The Third Space: STEM-ing the Tide and Opportunities to Learn, Aria Razfar, Zayoni Torres

Section III: Become Teacher Researchers and Action Research

  1. Thesis and Longitudinal, Mentorship

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Aria Razfar is Professor of Education at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Beverly Troiano is Associate Professor of Education at Elmhurst University, USA.