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Practitioner Research for Teachers

Practitioner Research for Teachers

First Edition
  • Diana Burton - Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Steve Bartlett - Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton

October 2004 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is a really useful book. It is full of helpful ideas and examples and discusses the importance of research for teachers. While addressing both the why and the how of practitioner research in school settings the authors have kept closely in touch with the practical concerns of busy professionals' - Professor Anne Edwards, School of Education, University of Birmingham

This is a book about how to do your research. It's aimed at teachers involved in classroom-based research projects such as Best Practice Research Scholarships and Networked Learning Communities.

This book is a significant text for teachers involved in practitioner research. It will discuss how the notion of classroom research has evolved from previous movements based upon school effectiveness and action research. It will show how being able to conduct and understand research is vital for the professional development of teachers. The text will then consider the practical issues of the design and carrying out of classroom-based research. The book contains practical examples to illustrate points where appropriate. Each chapter includes recommended further reading and practical tasks.

Teacher Professionalism, Development and Research
Defining Educational Research
Teachers as Reflective Practitioners
Best Practice Case Studies: Evolving Research Approaches
Getting Started: Beginning a Research Project
Accessing and Using Literature
Research Strategies: Case Studies and Experiments
Questionnaires and Interviews
Use of Existing Documents
Research Biographies and Logs
The Way Forward for Practitioner Research

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to practioner research. It is written in a clear and engaging way making it a useful and accessible book for teachers. The many tasks and case studies are particularly helpful.

Dr Carol Fuller
Institute of Education, Reading University
August 9, 2010

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