Research and Reflection

Teachers Take Action for Literacy Development

Edited by:
Andrea Izzo, Gallaudet University

A volume in the series: Literacy, Language and Learning. Editor(s): Claudia Finkbeiner, Universitaet Kassel. Althier Lazar, St. Joseph's University. Wen Ma, Le Moyne College.

Published 2006

This book is designed to encourage and support in-service and pre-service teachers who want to conduct classroom-based action research about literacy teaching and learning. It can be used by individuals, small groups, or in education courses that include action research projects. The aim of the text is to facilitate active engagement in the process of action research. Comprehensive explanations of various research methods and approaches are not included; the content is pragmatic and provides the novice researcher with a solid, experience-based foundation for developing research knowledge and skills. It is hoped that readers, upon completing this text, will continue learning about and conducting action research, honing their skills and increasing their knowledge. Additional resources for further development are included in the final chapter of the book.

CONTENTS
Preface. Foreword by Mark Conley, Michigan State University. Action Research: Purpose and Benefits. Observe: Identify an Area of Interest. Reflect: Formulate Questions. Plan: Plan Investigation. Act: Collect Data. Observe: Identify Patterns in Data. Reflect: Interpret Data. Plan: Plan Changes. Act: Implement Changes. Quality Action Research: Transformation and Equity. References.