1st Edition

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

By Aria Razfar, Beverly Troiano Copyright 2022
    204 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.




    Foreword by Kris Machtmes and Judith Green

    Chapter 1: Integrating Language Learning and STEM Through Action Research

    Chapter 2: Teaching Math and Science Through Playground Activism

    Chapter 3: Community Renewable Energy: Designing Solar Panels Through Science-Funds of Knowledge

    Chapter 4: Preparing the Next Generation of City Planners and Tech-Savvy Teachers

    Chapter 5: From IRE to Conversational: Shifting Classroom Discourse Through Community-Based Forensics Expertise

    Chapter 6: From Weslandia to Urban Gardening: Shifting Teacher Language Ideologies Through Ecological Science and Third Space

    Chapter 7: Sustaining Teaching Excellence and Professional Identity Across Time and Space: From Reporting to Sharing

    Chapter 8: Breaking the Fourth Wall: Rebuilding University and School Partnerships Through Action Research


    Appendix A: Activity Triangle Template

    Appendix B: Fund of Knowledge Inventory Table

    Appendix C: Social Organization of Learning Protocol (Adapted from Razfar)

    Appendix D: Field-Note Observation Template

    Appendix E: Coding Sheet Template

    Appendix F: Discourse Analysis Transcription Conventions

    Appendix G: Unit Planning

    Appendix H: Final Reporting Tools



    Aria Razfar is Professor of Education & Linguistics at University of Illinois Chicago.

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

    "This book addresses a variety of audiences, including teacher educators, pre-service teachers, inservice teachers, school administration, and educational researchers with interest in action research, STEM education, culturally and linguistically diverse settings, [and] English Learners. [It] is a much-needed book as teacher preparation programs and school districts continue to address the perennial challenges of providing an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse student population with authentic, meaningful, and responsive STEM learning opportunities."

    --Peter R. Licona, Teachers College Record, 2023