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Creating Equitable Classrooms Through Action Research

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August 2007 | 328 pages | Corwin
Creating Equitable Classrooms Through Action Research looks at the issue of educational equity and illustrates how action research can be used schoolwide or districtwide to address this challenge. The editors have been involved in a highly successful and much studied action research that is used districtwide with a focus on the particular demographics and challenges of their district.

The results of the action research study have created a deep knowledge base and capacity. The text provides an overview of the key conceptual and structural features for implementing a schoolwide or districtwide action research program and includes ten studies on narrowing the achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups. The findings of the action research study are connected to the broader body of knowledge on equity in schools.

The action research studies illustrate varied approaches to help educators planning an action research project or currently working on an action research project. Real stories and studies from classroom teachers serve as examples of authentic professional development and as springboards for discussion and reflection on the process of inquiry and the issues of equity.

The book includes:

- 10 action research studies that focus on equity, race, and the achievement gap

- how to implement a school-wide or district wide action research program that will promote equity and help close the achievement gap

This is an ideal resource for school district leaders, teachers, and preservice teachers, and is also suited for professional development schools.

Elizabeth Burmaster
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
 
Part I. How Action Research Can Promote Equity
Cathy Caro-Bruce, Mary Klehr
1. Classroom Action Research With a Focus on Equity
Cathy Caro-Bruce, Mary Klehr
2. Implementing a School District Action Research Program
 
Part II. Action Research Studies
Erik J. Shager
3. Been There Done That: Student Inquiry About High School Dropouts
Shannon K. Richards
4. What Strategies Can I Incorporate So That the English Language Learners in My Classroom Will Better Understand Oral Directions?
Quynh T. Nguyen
5. Understanding High School Black Male Students' Achievement and School Experience
Barbara Williams
6. What Teacher Behaviors Encourage One At-Risk African-American Boy to be a Productive Member of Our Classroom Community?
Jane Hammatt Kavaloski
7. But Then It Got Real
Diane Coccari
8. We Want to Work With Our Friends
Kate Lyman
9. Ribbons, Racism, and a Placenta: The Challenges and Surprises of Culturally Relevant Teaching
Van E. Valaskey
10. Conclusions on Using a Constructivist Approach in a Heterogeneous Classroom
Julie A. Melton
11. Using African American Students' Preference for Working in Self-Selected Partnerships to Promote Math Achievement
Denise Hanson
12. Crossing Bridges of Culture, Color, and Language
 
Part III. Conclusion
Ryan Flessner, Ken Zeichner, and Kalani J. Eggington
13. Tying It All Together: Implications for Classrooms, Schools, and Districts
 
Index

"Recognizing the importance of race, class, gender, culture, and ability, the authors provide a window into the difficulties that professional educators grapple with as they face the challenge of teaching all children. This text is both authentic and practical, and it demystifies issues of equity that pervade today's classrooms."

Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Associate Professor
University of Florida, Gainesville

"Action research of this caliber on the subject of equity is critically needed for all children to have access to the same level of rigor and high standards. This is a must-read for districts who really want to turn action research into action that affects student learning."

Terry Morganti-Fisher, Director of Professional Development
Austin Independent School District, TX

"Provides teachers, principals, district administrators, and professional development specialists with compelling insight into the workings of a successful action research program, and offers ten excellent sample action research projects focused on increasing student achievement in diverse school settings."

From the Foreword by Elizabeth Burmaster

"Both the individual studies presented and the example of a school district investing in its teachers to create new solu­tions to enduring problems of schooling will provide the basis for dialogue and stimulate the creation of other opportunities for teachers to engage in action research in school districts across the country."

SirReadaLot.org, September 2007

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