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Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research. Research Methods for the Social Sciences

  • ID: 2741499
  • Book
  • February 2015
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Comprehensive Text that Explores the Theoretical Understandings and Classroom Applications of Practitioner Teacher Inquiry

Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research explores the overall concept of teacher practitioner inquiry and prepares teachers and students in teacher education courses and programs to conduct research in the classroom. The text examines the fundamentals of teacher inquiry and guides teachers and students to be more qualitative, open–ended, and reflective. When applied successfully, practitioner teacher inquiry gives teachers more control over the knowledge base surrounding the teaching profession, potentially changing the nature of critical analysis in areas relating to teaching such as self–assessment, academic curriculums, impact on student learning, and society.

This comprehensive text outlines the theoretical and practical understandings of practitioner teacher inquiry and contains the background, theory, and strategy required to successfully conduct classroom research. The author provides real–life practitioner inquiry research projects from eight contemporary classroom teachers from across a range of school settings, content areas, and teaching strategies.

Conducted in school settings, teacher inquiry uses methodologies that help to explore and think critically, reflect on one′s practice, and strengthen teaching and learning. This text is designed for use with face–to–face instruction as well as with hybrid and online teaching formats and includes questions at the end of each chapter as well as websites with additional information.

Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research successfully guides and encourages current and future teachers to gain a better understanding of the importance of their involvement in the study and research of their classroom settings.

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List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xix

The Author xx

The Contributors xxi

Part 1: Perspectives, Strategies, and Methodologies 1

Chapter 1 Developing a Concept of Practitioner Teacher Inquiry 3

How to Define Research 3

Complexities for Developing Inquiry Identity 10

Summary 19

Discussion Questions 21

Chapter 2 School Change and Teacher Inquiry Identity 29

Postmodern Schooling 29

Crafting Inquiry Possibilities for Improving Schools 37

Summary 46

Discussion Questions 49

Chapter 3 Inquiry Communities for Learning and Change 55

Educators as Inquirers 55

Collaborative Youth Inquiry 61

Inquiry Action Studies 66

Summary 74

Discussion Questions 75

Chapter 4 Where We Begin Practitioner Teacher Inquiry 81

Finding a Focus 82

Seeking Expertise from Others 91

Summary 99

Discussion Questions 100

Chapter 5 Guidelines for Collecting Data 107

Ethical Issues, Choices, and Challenges 107

Data Collection 119

Summary 132

Discussion Questions 133

Chapter 6 Analyzing, Interpreting, and Managing Inquiry Study 139

Data Analysis and Interpretation 139

Managing the Study 150

Summary 162

Discussion Questions 163

Chapter 7 Sharing and Changing School Culture 167

Communicating New Knowledge and Understandings 167

Collective Thinking and Decision Making 183

Summary 191

Discussion Questions 193

Part 2: Teacher Inquiry into Practice 199

Chapter 8 Blogging in the LA Classroom: How Do We Do It Better? 201

Kathy Anderkin

Context 201

School and Community Description 202

Problem Statement 203

Literature Review 204

Design 204

Data Analysis 207

Conclusion 209

Discussion Questions 210

Chapter 9 Struggles and Successes of Problem–Based Learning 213

Angela Durbin Page

Problem Statement 213

Theoretical Framework 215

Study Overview 218

Effective Strategies for Project–Based Learning Experiences 220

Conclusion 222

Discussion Questions 222

Chapter 10 Teaching Social Skills with Picture Books 225

Brandon La Mar

Problem Statement 226

Literature Review 227

Design 229

Data Analysis 233

Conclusion 235

Discussion Questions 236

Chapter 11 Increasing Readership of Online Student Publications 239

James E Lang

Context 239

Description of Study 240

Assessment and Analysis 243

Conclusion 246

Discussion Questions 247

Chapter 12 One–to–One iPad Initiative Review 249

Mark Lorence

Problem Statement 249

Literature Review 250

Research Design 254

Data Analysis 255

Conclusion 260

Discussion Questions 264

Chapter 13 The Vegas Effect: A Personal Reflection on the Obstacles to Doing Education Research 265
Melissa Rhinehart

Obstacle Set 1 265

Obstacle Set 2 266

Research Aspirations 266

Obstacle Set 3 267

Conclusion 268

Discussion Questions 270

Chapter 14 Transferring Oral Phonemic Skills to Written Form  271
Resjohna Tomblin

Problem Statement 271

Literature Review 272

Research Design 275

Data Analysis 277

Conclusion 279

Discussion Questions 282

Chapter 15 Connecting Socially Through a Morning Meeting Approach 283
Kayce Ware

Context 283

Conducting the Study 286

Findings and Results 287

Conclusion 291

Discussion Questions 293

Glossary 295

Index 300

Credits 314

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Carolyn A. Babione
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