1st Edition

Using Action Research to Improve Instruction An Interactive Guide for Teachers

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Action research is increasingly used as a means for teachers to improve their instruction, yet for many the idea of doing "research" can be somewhat intimidating. Using Action Research to Improve Instruction offers a comprehensive, easy-to-understand approach to action research in classroom settings. This engaging and accessible guide is grounded in sources of data readily available to teachers, such as classroom observations, student writing, surveys, interviews, and tests. Organized to mirror the action research process, the highly interactive format prompts readers to discover a focus, create research questions, address design and methodology, collect information, conduct data analysis, communicate the results, and to generate evidence-based teaching strategies. Engaging in these decision-making processes builds the skills essential to action research and promotes a deeper understanding of teaching practice.

    Special Features Include:

    -An Interactive Text

    -Reflection Questions and Activity Prompts

    -A Sample Action Research Report

    -Numerous Examples and Practice Examples

    -Numbered Sections for Cross Referencing

    This original text is a must-read for teachers interested in how they can use their current knowledge of instruction and assessment to meaningfully engage in action research.

    I. Introduction 1. An Introduction to Action Research 2. Planning an Action Research Project II. Making Observations 3. Observing Students and their Work 4. Observing Teachers III. Gathering Perceptions 5. Using Surveys in Action Research 6. Using Interviews in Action Research IV. Analyzing Test Results 7. Standardized Test Analysis 8. Pre and Post Tests V. Talking and Writing about Action Research 9. Collaborating on Action Research 10. Reading and Writing Action Research APPENDIX A: Action Research Report Example APPENDIX B: Sample Answers and Discussion Guide


    John E. Henning is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also author of The Art of Discussion-based Teaching (Routledge, 2007).

    Jody M. Stone is Professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

    James L. Kelly is Professor in the Department of Teaching at the University of Northern Iowa.

    "Using Action Research to Improve Instruction is particularly valuable for teachers wanting to examine teaching and learning in their own classroom. The interactive exercises provide step-by-step guidance that ensures understanding of action research processes. With this book, teachers will gain confidence to engage in practical, systematic inquiry to benefit their students’ achievement."

    --Charlotte Rappe Zales, Associate Professor of Education, Moravian College

    "Using Action Research to Improve Instruction will be a valuable teaching tool for professors with students engaged in real life processes to improve education in their schools.  The interactive nature of the book will improve significantly the learning and retention of university students enrolled in courses that include action research as a major topic."

    --R. Lee Smith, Associate Professor, Special Education Department, Indiana University South Bend