Whole Faculty Study Groups

Author: Carlene U. Murphy
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781412908948
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Filled with numerous examples, this best-selling book provides both the practical knowledge and the theoretical foundation necessary to develop successful Whole-Faculty Study Groups.

Action Research Communities

Author: Craig A. Mertler
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351674544
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Action Research Communities presents a new perspective on two current and proven educational practices: classroom-/school-based action research and professional learning communities. Implementation of one or the other of these practices often results in a variety of possible benefits for the teaching–learning process, for student achievement, and for overall school improvement. While these might seem to be separate, isolated practices, the author has taken the beneficial aspects of each practice and merged them into a cohesive and potentially powerful concept, coined "action research communities." Each of the two concepts or approaches (action research and professional learning communities) is presented and discussed in detail. Because they both focus on local-level improvement of educational practice and share several overlapping features, the two concepts are then merged into a single entity—action research communities, or ARCs. These professional learning communities, with action research at their core, hold an immense amount of power and potential when it comes to enhanced professional growth and development for educators, increased student achievement, school improvement, and educator empowerment. ARCs essentially capitalize on all the individualized benefits and strengths of action research and of professional learning communities, and merge them into a single educational concept and practice. ARCs have the potential to help educators everywhere experience: •a common and collective focus and vision; • sustained collaborative inquiry; •individualized, customizable—and meaningful—professional growth; and •true empowerment that comes with this form of collaborative, inquiry-based, and reflective practice. Practical guidance for the development and implementation of ARCs is also provided, by focusing on ways in which professional educators (teachers, administrators, support staff, etc.) can implement, sustain, and extend the impact of their respective action research communities. Specific roles for district administrators, building administrators, and teachers are presented and discussed in depth, as are ways that ARCs can be used both to deepen professional learning for educators and to improve student learning.

Handbook Of School Improvement

Author: Joseph Blase
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412979978
Size: 48.55 MB
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Capturing insights from 20 successful principals, this illuminating book presents real-world strategies that help school leaders refine their administrative skills and generate dramatic improvements in schoolwide achievement.

Schools Can Change

Author: Dale W. Lick
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412998743
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Working at the grass-roots level, the change-creation system guides teachers and principals in school innovation and improved student learning. Includes a comprehensive collection of practical online resources.

Action Research

Author: Craig A. Mertler
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483321789
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This fully updated Fourth Edition of Craig Mertler’s Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use with their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. Emphasizing the integration of professional reflection throughout the process and action research as job-embedded professional development, Mertler provides insightful coverage of the knowledge and skills needed to design research studies, conduct research, and communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and interested parties. This Fourth Edition adds coverage of high-interest topics, such as teacher empowerment and evaluation, Google Scholar, mixed-methods research designs, ethics, and more.

The Whole Faculty Study Groups Fieldbook

Author: Dale W. Lick
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 148337470X
Size: 14.10 MB
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In this practical guide, an experienced group of contributors provide concrete strategies and real-world examples for implementing this highly successful design for professional learning communities.

Teacher Action Research

Author: Gerald J. Pine
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1452278741
Size: 63.43 MB
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"This is a wonderful book with deep insight into the relationship between teachers' action and result of student learning. It discusses from different angles impact of action research on student learning in the classroom. Writing samples provided at the back are wonderful examples." —Kejing Liu, Shawnee State University Teacher Action Research: Building Knowledge Democracies focuses on helping schools build knowledge democracies through a process of action research in which teachers, students, and parents collaborate in conducting participatory and caring inquiry in the classroom, school, and community. Author Gerald J. Pine examines historical origins, the rationale for practice-based research, related theoretical and philosophical perspectives, and action research as a paradigm rather than a method. Key Features Discusses how to build a school research culture through collaborative teacher research Delineates the role of the professional development school as a venue for constructing a knowledge democracy Focuses on how teacher action research can empower the active and ongoing inclusion of nontraditional voices (those of students and parents) in the research process Includes chapters addressing the concrete practices of observation, reflection, dialogue, writing, and the conduct of action research, as well as examples of teacher action research studies

New Directions In Mentoring

Author: Dale W. Lick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135698414
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This collection is the result of action research carried out by teachers, administrators and professors operating a school-university collaboration. It creates a model of mentoring where guided but flexible structures are used to unleash the creative capacity of the group. The research accounts reveal much about the nature of mentoring organizations, as they are now and how they might be improved. Approaches include the use of lifelong mentoring, synergistic co-mentoring, professional peer networking and the creation of collaborative relationships and teams.