All You Need to Know About Action Research

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SAGE, 2011 M04 11 - 280 páginas
What is action research? Why do action research? When should you use action research?

In the second edition of All You Need to Know about Action Research, expert practitioners Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead guide you through everything you need to know to plan and carry out a successful action research project.

The book provides:

- A guide to the history and philosophy underpinning action research

- Comprehensive coverage of the main theoretical debates in action research

- A unique understanding of how action research can help your learning and your professional practice

- Practical help in planning your project

- Help with writing about your research and disseminating your findings.

The second edition has been thoroughly updated throughout, and now includes new real-life case studies from Education, Health and Business. A new chapter on reviewing the literature has been added and the sections on data gathering and analysis have been updated to take into account the latest technological advances.

This easy-to-follow overview of action research is essential reading for students, practitioners and seasoned researchers alike.

 

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Contenido

Introduction
1
What Do I Need to Know?
5
1 What Is Action Research?
7
2 Who Can Do Action Research?
18
3 The Underpinning Assumptions of Action Research
26
4 Where Did Action Research Come from and Where Is it Now?
41
Why Do I Need to Know?
53
5 Why Do Action Research?
55
13 Gathering Sorting and Storing Data
140
14 Turning the Data into Evidence
150
How Do I Test and Critique My Knowledge?
159
15 Testing the Validity of Your Claims to Knowledge
161
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171
17 Engaging with the Politics of Knowledge
180
How Do I Represent and Disseminate My Knowledge?
189
18 Telling Your Research Story
191

6 Learning to Improve Practice
62
7 Contributing to New Theory
71
8 Evaluating Your Research
79
How Do I Find Out?
87
Planning and Designing Your Action Research
89
10 Engaging with the Literatures
111
Carrying Out Your Action Plan
120
How Do I Generate Evidence to Support My Claim to Knowledge?
131
12 Monitoring Practice and Looking for Data
133
19 Writing a Workplace Report
198
20 Writing a Report for Higher Degree Accreditation
209
21 Publishing and Disseminating Your Research
223
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239
22 Explaining the Significance of Your Research
241
23 Developing New Epistemologies for Workplace Cultures of Enquiry
249
References
260
Index
270
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Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers’ University, People’s Republic of China.

Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research.

Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all.

Visit Jean at www.jeanmcniff.com, or contact her at jeanmcniff@mac.com

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