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You don’t need a tweed jacket to be a researcher—in thousands of schools across North America, practising teachers conduct studies on best practices, alternative approaches, and effective learning strategies. Classroom teachers have experiences and opportunities unavailable to researchers in a university setting, and action research—site-based, teacher-conducted research—can have a valuable impact on the educational community. 

Yet many teachers don’t see their work as real research, and many other teachers have great ideas for research projects but don’t know where to begin. For these teachers, Engaging in Action Research demystifies the world of educational research and provides support, guidance, and encouragement. 

From creating a research plan to reporting findings, this book provides step-by-step instructions to help teachers conduct research projects in the classroom, using strategies that work. Get ready to investigate, analyze, and share!

Table of Contents

1. You as researcher
2. Introducing action research
3. Starting a research plan
4. Completing a literature review
5. Designing your research method
6. From plan to action
7. Managing your research project
8. Collecting your data
9. Analyzing your data
10. Reporting your findings
11. Pacing yourself

Teachers looking for ways to understand what is happening in their classrooms should read Engaging in Action Research... informative and readable to educators at any stage of their careers.

Kent Miller, Canadian Teacher Magazine

Teachers and school administrators will find this a valuable resource to guide their research endeavours. I also feel that senior undergraduate students and graduate students with no previous research experience would find this a useful tool for thinking about and planning action research projects.

Dr. Nanci Langford, Canadian Journal of Action Research

Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons, PhD, is a professor in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Education. His research and writing interests are in the areas of online education, student engagement, and instructional leadership. A teacher educator who has researched and taught throughout North America, China, and Scotland, Jim is the president of the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators and the former president of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement.

Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson has been a teacher, vice-principal and principal in several Alberta schools over the past 13 years. Currently, he is a faculty associate with the University of Lethbridge.

Lorna Adrian

Lorna Adrian is the past chair of the executive council of the Alberta Assessment Consortium and the coordinator of learning services for the Livingstone Range School Division in southwestern Alberta. 

Nicole Day

Nicole Day, a teaching veteran and learning coach, is currently a graduate student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.