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Education Studies: Teacher Research

Intro to Action Research

Focus the Study and Set the Stage:

1. Select a specific topic
2. Narrow the topic
3. Develop a research question
4. Identify the purpose of the study
5. Identify problems surrounding the study
6. Describe the context of the study
7. Identify central issues and subtopics


Summarized from Alber, Sandra M.. A Toolkit for Action Research. Lanham, US: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 13 May 2016.

Purpose of the literature review:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the field
2. Inform and shape the research project
3. Prepare future readers of the study to understand the context of the project

May include:
- Rationale or why the study is important
- Historical perspectives and seminal research
- Key concepts
- Current research
- Theoretical perspectives
- Key debates
- Human development


Summarized from Alber, Sandra M.. A Toolkit for Action ResearchLanham, US: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 13 May 2016.

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Internet Resources

An online journal of teacher research.

Research for Action
A nonprofit education research organization.

Voices of Practitioners
Features articles authored by teachers describing their systematic studies of their own practice.