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Action Research in Education Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry by Vivienne Marie Baumfield, Kate Wall, Elaine Hall

Action Research in Education Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry

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Action Research in Education Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry by Vivienne Marie Baumfield, Kate Wall, Elaine Hall

Action Research in Education is an essential guide for any lecturer, teacher or student-teacher interested in doing research. This exciting new edition of a popular text is an important resource for any education professional interested in investigating learning and teaching. Building on the success of Action Research in the Classroom, the authors have revised, updated and extended this book to include examples from further and higher education. It maps out easy-to-follow steps for usefully applying an action research approach and is full of practical tips and examples of real practitioner research projects from a range of schools, colleges and universities. This book will help teachers to: - understand and apply practitioner inquiry - enhance their problem-solving skills - locate their own activity in a wider context - maximise opportunities to develop practice - evaluate the needs of their learners Clear, pragmatic and timely, this is a must-have text for all teachers and students of education. Vivienne Baumfield is Professor of Pedagogy, Policy and Innovation in the School of Education, University of Glasgow Elaine Hall is Lecturer in Research Methods, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University Kate Wall is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Durham University


Action Research in Education is written with the mastery of those who have a deep appreciation of the lived reality of the teacher as professional, as researcher and as practitioner - Baumfield, Hall and Wall know their subject and their people. Its engaging clarity and lucidity brings to life the real practice of action research at all levels in education. In getting to the very essence of action research, written with the innate respect for the academic and non-academic researcher alike Baumfield, Hall and Wall have produced a timeless classic'- Helen O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Trinity College Dublin

'A well illustrated compendium of 'when', 'why

to use action research. A must

-have for new researchers engaged in practitioner or action research, with ample examples of real case studies to promote both intraprofessional and interprofessional dialogue, in community and professional contexts'-Christine O'Hanlon, Honorary Reader in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia

Praise for the first edition:

'Is action research easy? No! Is it achievable? Based on the strength of this text, the answer is an unqualified 'yes'. The book is an accessible, thorough and comprehensive guide to both the processes and heavyweight issues involved in action research

& Teaching Update

`Both the style and the content of this book would seem to make it an excellent core text for PGCE or undergraduate level courses in teacher or student teacher research...It offers an easy-to-follow research approach that allows true reflection on practice

About the Author

I am Professor of Pedagogy, Policy and Innovation in the School of Education and my teaching and research focuses on the role of inquiry in teachers' professional learning. I am interested in the role of universities, and teacher educators in particular, in the creation and translation of knowledge about teaching and learning. This interest is linked to the wider issue of the relationship between theory and practice in professional development. Expertise: qualitative and quantitative measures, research design, narrative interviewing, questionnaire design, analytic frameworks, research management. Research interests: early literacy and language development, parental involvement, adult literacy and family literacy, teacher development and identity, learning and meta-cognition.

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Publication date

18th December 2012


Vivienne Marie Baumfield, Kate Wall, Elaine Hall

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SAGE Publications Ltd


184 pages


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