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The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry by Nancy Fichtman Dana
  

The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry

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The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Through Practitioner Inquiry by Nancy Fichtman Dana

Transform your teaching practice with this powerful approach to professional growth! Teacher inquiry can play a critical role in professional staff development across all grade levels and subject areas. Now this updated bestseller offers both an in-depth examination of teacher inquiry as well as step-by-step instructions, giving prospective and practicing teachers everything they need to engage in this vital process. Featuring helpful exercises in every chapter, this how-to guide to action research takes teachers through each stage of the process: formulating a research question, collaborating with others, collecting data, analyzing data, writing and presenting classroom research, and assessing the quality of the work. The authors also demonstrate the relationship between teacher inquiry and differentiated instruction, data-driven decision making, progress monitoring, and Response to Intervention. This revised edition includes An updated section about professional learning communities The latest data collection methods, including digital photos, video, blogging, and assessment measures Simplified models for documenting inquiry results Added examples from middle and high school settings A new chapter on assessing inquiry projects By learning to make the most of this essential tool, teachers can enhance their instruction and contribute significantly to improved student achievement!

Reviews

Makes classroom-based research understandable and doable as an integral part of teaching. From finding a wondering to developing a research plan to data analysis and sharing findings, the authors support teacher researchers at all levels of experience. -- Gail V. Ritchie, Coleader Whether you are a preservice, beginning, or veteran teacher or teacher educator, this is the perfect resource for deepening your understanding of teacher inquiry. -- Kevin J. Berry, Professional Development Community Site Coordinator, University of Florida Like all illuminating teacher inquiry, this book asks relevant and intriguing questions, the very questions teacher researchers ask most often. The authors offer a step-by-step guide to answering those questions, deeply grounded in the work of elementary, middle, and high school teacher researchers. -- JoBeth Allen, Professor of Language and Literacy Education


About the Author

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry. Diane Yendol-Hoppey is the Director of the Benedum Collaborative and a Professor of Education at West Virginia University. The Benedum Collaborative is one of the oldest school/university partnerships in the nation. Diane spent the first thirteen years of her career in education teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In her work at Penn State, the University of Florida, and West Virginia University, Diane focuses on job-embedded teacher professional development and the cultivation of teacher leadership. Her research explores how powerful vehicles for teacher professional development including teacher inquiry, professional learning communities, and coaching/mentoring can support school improvement. She has authored numerous studies which have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record and Journal of Teacher Education. She is coauthor (with Nancy Fichtman Dana) of three books, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn through Practitioner Inquiry, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities and The Reflective Educator's Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor, all from Corwin Press.

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Publication date

18th September 2008

Author

Nancy Fichtman Dana

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Teaching skills & techniques
Social research & statistics

ISBN

9781412966566

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