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The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research

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

Third Edition
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April 2014 | 296 pages | Corwin
Harness the power of classroom data with the bestselling, updated guide to professional learning through inquiry and analysis. 

The Reflective Guide to Classroom Research has opened the eyes of educators everywhere to teacher inquiry and data analysis as pathways to amazing results in the classroom. 

This third edition adds forward-thinking substance to the authors’ renowned methods of formulating action research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and using it to create lasting solutions. 

In addition to diverse real-life anecdotes and practical exercises in every chapter, new features include: 
  • An expanded data analysis chapter that introduces formative data analysis and its role in teacher research.
  • Techniques for using inquiry to effectively implement Common Core State Standards. 
  • A brand-new chapter on ethical issues in teacher research.
  • A content-rich accompanying website.

The modern world is increasingly driven by data. With this book, you can utilize it to ensure your classroom is ready for tomorrow’s challenges. 

Praise for the Second Edition:
“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
University of Georgia

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Forward to the Second Edition
Forward to the First Edition
Website for Professional Development Facilitators and Course Instructors
How to Use the Inquiry Books
About the Authors
1. Teacher Inquiry Defined
What is Teacher Inquiry?

What is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry and Teacher Professional Growth

What Evidence Exists that Teacher Inquiry is Worth Doing?

What is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry and Differentiated Instruction?

What is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry, Data-Driven Decision Making, and Progreess Monitoring?

What Is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry and Response to Intervention? (RTI)

What Is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry and Lesson Study?

What Is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry and Teacher Evaluation?

What Is the Relationship Between Teacher Inquiry and the Common Core State Standards?

How Is Teacher Inquiry Different From What I Already Do as a Reflective Teacher?

What Are Some Contexts That Are Ripe for Teacher Inquiry?

How Does My Engaging in Teacher Inquiry Help Shape the Profession of Teaching?

2. The Start of Your Journey: Finding a Wondering
Where Do I Begin?

What Happens If I Still Cannot Locate My Wondering?

3. To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate: That Is the Question!
Why Is Collaboration So Important?

What Are the Possibilities for How I Might Collaborate?

4. Developing a Research Plan: Making Inquiry a Part of Your Teaching Practice
What Do Data Look Like, How Do I Collect Them, and How Do They Fit Into My Work as a Teacher?

When Do I Collect Data and How Much Do I Collect?

5. Considering the Ethical Dimensions of Your Work as an Inquirer
What Are Some Things to Consider When Thinking About Ethics in Relationship to Practitioner Research?

What is the Role of School District Research Policies in Relationship to the Inquiry process?

What is the Role of University Institutional Review Boards in Relationship to the Inquiry Process?

6. Finding Your Findings: Data Analysis
What Is Formative Data Analysis?

What Might Formative Data Analysis Look Like?

What Is Summative Data Analysis and How Do I Get Started?

What Might Summative Data Analysis Look Like?

7. Extending Your Learning: The Inquiry Write-Up
Why Should I Write?

What Might My Writing Look Like?

8. Becoming the Best Teacher and Researcher You Can Be: Assessing the Quality of Your Own and Others’ Inquiry
Why Is It Important to Assess the Quality of My Work?

What Is the Difference Between Generalizability and Transferability?

How Do I Go About Assessing Teacher-Research Quality and Why Is It So Difficult to Do?

What Are Some Quality Indicators for Teacher Research?

What Are Some Ways to Enhance Inquiry Quality?

9. The Start at the End of Your Journey: Making Your Inquiry Public
Why Is It Important to Share My Work with Others?

What Are Some Ways I Might Share My Work?



"The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research is the best step-by-step (but non-prescriptive) action research guide I have come across.  This book guides teachers to ask important questions about their own teaching while empowering them to affect change through teacher inquiry.  The authors engage the reader in thought-provoking exercises through which an action research project is designed – a great guide through a truly transformative process."

Emily Bonner, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Texas at San Antonio

"This book is a practical step-by-step guide to get you started on a journey of investigating your own practice. The exercises and examples will carry you through the process of inquiry and support and guide you along the way to a successful ending."

Rita Hagevik, Graduate Director of Science Education
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

"This text provides teachers with easy to follow steps to conducting their own teacher inquiry.  The authors provide examples throughout the chapters that illustrate the steps and their explanations.  Teacher inquiry has the potential to be a powerful change agent in education.  This text empowers teachers to become classroom researchers."

Virginia Harder, Professor
Eastern Michigan University

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