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This book presents a collection of stories from action research projects in schools and a university. This collection is more than simply an illustration of the scope of action research in education - it shows how projects that differ on a variety of dimensions can raise similar themes, problems and issues. The book begins with theme chapters discussing action research, social justice and partnerships in research. The case study chapters cover topics such as: * school environment - how to make a school a healthier place to be * parents - how to involve them more in decision-making * students as action researchers * a state system - a collaborative effort between university staff and a state education department * gender - how to promote gender equity in schools * improving assessment in the social sciences * staff development planning * doing a PhD through action research * writing up action research projects.
'The strength of the book and the reason I shall be revisiting sections is its wealth of experience and guidance on collaborative action and approaches to the management of change of interest not only to those involved in promoting social justice but also for those involved in other development initiatives.' - Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol 24:3 1998
'This is a stimulating and informative book which promotes the subject of action research ... the abiding strength of the book is the researchers' enthusiasm for pondering their investigative experiences and identifying issues raised by that reflection, which inform both the development of understanding and the potential of participatory action research processes.' - Cambridge Journal of Education
'It provides a multifaceted review of action research by turning it round and scrutinising it, sometimes seeing the same reflections and at other times, presenting new images of them.' - Educational Review
'What a treat! A book that not only talks about the theory of action research, but also shows the theories in action...' - Educational Research
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