Action Research For School Leaders

Paperback | December 27, 2011

byDean T. Spaulding, John Falco

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In this authoritative, action-oriented guide, current and future school leaders, building administrators, and action research team members get the research skills they need to improve schools by increasing student achievement. With its focus on building-level action research, Action Research for School Leaders provides readers with technical background and skills for reading and critiquing educational research, methods for applying current research and research methods, and a framework for conducting their own building-level action research for ongoing building improvement.

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In this authoritative, action-oriented guide, current and future school leaders, building administrators, and action research team members get the research skills they need to improve schools by increasing student achievement. With its focus on building-level action research, Action Research for School Leaders provides readers with tec...

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This authoritative, action-oriented resource gives current and future school leaders the knowledge and research skills they need to improve schools by increasing student achievement. The focus on building-level action research gives readers technical background and skills for reading and critiquing educational research, methods for app...

Dean T. Spaulding, Ph.D. is an associate professor in educational psychology at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He teaches educational research methods and program evaluation. He is one of the authors of Methods in Educational Research: From Theory to Practice (2010) and the author of Program Evaluation in Practice: C...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 0.6 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131381040

ISBN - 13:9780131381049

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1

THE ROLE OF SCHOOL LEADERS IN SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT—PAST,

PRESENT, AND FUTURE

            Past to Present

Leadership Matters

Bootstrap Data: Information That Helps

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Questions  • Activities

 

Chapter 2

USING RESEARCH TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE OF SCHOOL

IMPROVEMENT

School Administrators’ Use of Research

Types of Research Administrators Encounter

Applied Research Versus Vendor-Based Research

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Questions  • Activities

 

Chapter 3

ACTION RESEARCH AND THE INQUIRY PROCESS

What Is Level 1: Classroom-Level Action Research?

Action Research, Naturally

Steps in Level 1: Classroom-Level Action Research

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Questions  • Activities

 

Chapter 4

SCHOOL-LEVEL ACTION RESEARCH

Steps in Conducting Level 2 School-Level Action Research

Identifying the School-Level Issue

Developing an Action Research Team

Types of Action Research Teams

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Questions  • Activities

 

Chapter 5

ANALYZING DATA AS AN ACTION RESEARCH TEAM

How to Analyze Data as an Action Research Team

Three Main Data Points for Needs Assessment: An Overview

Analysis Techniques

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Questions  • Activities

 

Chapter 6

EXAMINING PAST RESEARCH, AND REVIEWING

AND CRITIQUING CAUSE–EFFECT EXPERIMENTAL

RESEARCH

Examining Past Research and Literature

Databases

Selecting from the Review of Literature

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The Action Research Team and the Review of Literature

Analyzing the Review of Literature

Creating a Literature Matrix

How to Critique Cause–Effect Research

Experimental Research

How Should Action Research Teams Critique Experimental

Research?

Causal–Comparative Research

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Question  • Activities

 

Chapter 7

CRITIQUING AND APPLYING CORRELATIONAL AND

SURVEY RESEARCH

Correlational Research

Caution About Drawing Causality

The Correlational Coefficient

Types of Correlational Research

Statistical Significance

Using Correlational Research

Critiquing Correlational Research

Survey Research

How to Critique Survey Research

Survey Design and Development

Adapting and Adopting Instruments from Survey Studies

Summary  • Key Concepts  • Discussion/Reflection

Question  • Activity

 

Chapter 8

CRITIQUING AND APPLYING QUALITATIVE

RESEARCH

Qualitative Research

Methods Used for Qualitative Research

Access to Subjects and Settings

Examples of Qualitative Research

Types of Qualitative Research

Using Qualitative Research

Summary • Key Concepts • Discussion/Reflection

Question • Activity

 

Chapter 9

GATHERING DATA FROM STAFF AND OTHER

STAKEHOLDERS

Gathering Feedback with the Survey

Why Feedback Is Needed

Methods for Gathering Feedback

The Survey and the School Administrator

Effects of a Poorly Constructed Staff Survey

Basic Components of a Survey

Tips for Writing Quality Items

Administering and Collecting the Survey

Methods for Administering Surveys

Summary • Key Concepts • Discussion/Reflection

Questions • Activity

 

Chapter 10

STEP 2: DEVELOPING A PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL

IMPROVEMENT

Developing Quality Programs and Initiatives

Aligning Need to Program Activities

Introduction of the Logic Models

Why Use a Logic Model?

Logic Model: Basic Building Blocks

Showing Change with a Logic Model

Using Logic Models

Using the Logic Model with Your Action Research Team

Summary • Key Concepts • Discussion/Reflection

Questions • Activity

 

Chapter 11

STEP 4: IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM OR

INTERVENTION WITH FIDELITY

What Is Fidelity in Action Research?

Developing a Fidelity Checklist

and Observational Protocol

Evaluating Professional Development

Evaluating the Fidelity of Professional Development

Summary • Key Concepts • Discussion/Reflection

Questions • Activity

 

Chapter 12

STEP 5: GATHERING AND ANALYZING DATA

Gathering and Analyzing Standardized Data

Three Levels of Assessment Data

Different Types of Standardized Measures

How to Critique Standardized Measures

Confusing Reliability and Validity

Applying Different Types of Standardized Measures to

Your Logic Model

Summary • Key Concepts • Discussion/Reflection

Question • Activity

 

Chapter 13

STEP 6: REFLECTING AND MAKING MODIFICATIONS TO

THE PLAN

Reflecting on the Logic Model to Determine Success

Reflecting on Activities

Reflecting on Outputs

Reflecting on Intermediate Outcomes

Reflecting on End Outcomes

The Action Research Team and Making Modifications

Summary • Key Concepts • Discussion/Reflection

Questions • Activities

 

Chapter 14

CASE STUDY 1: ADDRESSING HIGH TEACHER TURNOVER

AND LOW STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Background and Personal Characteristics of a

School Leader

Step 1: Forming the Action Research Team

Step 2: Conducting the Data Analysis

Step 3: Conduct a Review of the Literature

Your Turn

Step 4: Collection of Additional Data from Stakeholders

Your Turn, Again

 

Chapter 15

CASE STUDY 2: DECREASING THE PERFORMANCE GAP

BETWEEN GENERAL EDUCATION AND SPECIAL

EDUCATION POPULATIONS

Background and Personal Characteristics of a School Leader

Level of Preparedness

Step 1: Forming the Action Research Team

Step 2: Conducting the Data Analysis

Your Turn

 

Chapter 16

CASE STUDY 3: ADDRESSING BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS

AND LOW STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Background and Personal Characteristics of a School Leader

Level of Preparedness

Step 1: Establishing an Action Research Team

Step 2: Analyzing the School

Your Turn . . .

 

Chapter 17

CASE STUDY 4: IMPROVING LOW ELA SCORES AT THE

ELEMENTARY LEVEL

School Leader

School District

Level of Preparedness

Step 1: Establishing the Action Research Team

Step 2: Analyzing School Data

Your Turn . . .