Accessible and inviting, this book showcases how teachers and literacy coaches can use research as a tool to teach literacy effectively and with intention. Sailors and Hoffman invite literacy specialists and practicing and preservice teachers into a conversation about how they can use research as means for professional development, mentorship, and empowerment.
Chapters feature a wealth of tools, examples, and strategies that make key concepts in literacy research refreshing and practical. This book invites the reader to pause and reflect on the practical knowledge through special features in the book and available online as eResources, including:
Perfect for literacy specialists, coaches and consultants in literacy, ELA/literacy teachers, as well as preservice teachers and students, this book is a comprehensive and engaging guide to using research as a means to transform classrooms.
Part I. Background on Practice-Based Research
1. What Is Research, and What Counts as Research?
2. Why Should Classroom Teachers Engage in Research?
3. The Roots of Practice-Based Research: Action Research
4. The Roots of Practice-Based Research: Design-Development Research
5. The Roots of Practice-Based Research: Transformative Research
6. Drawing Between and Across: Practice-Based Research
Part II. Conducting Practice-Based Research
7. Formulating Research Questions in Practice-Based Research
8. Situating Your Research Alongside the Work of Others
9. Designing Your Study
10. Interacting With Your Data
11 Sharing Your Work With Others
12 The Practice-Based Researcher: Making the Road by Walking