Action Research

Action Research : A Guide for Library Media Specialists

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In today's educational environment of data-driven decision-making, it is important for school librarians to develop and implement research studies designed to measure the effectiveness of their library media programs. An indispensable tool for today's tight budgets and climate of educational accountability, this book provides the step-by-step guidance to help you point to successful programs and validate the importance of the school library. The authors present the necessary steps and resources to conduct research in your own buildings. You'll learn how to assess your environment, develop research questions, collect and analyze data, and more-all to demonstrate the importance of the library media center's role in today's more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 213.4 x 276.9 x 10.2mm | 204.12g
  • Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Worthington, United States
  • English
  • 1586831771
  • 9781586831776

About Jody K. Howard

Jody K. Howard is an affiliate professor at University of Colorado at Denver. Her published works include Action Research: A Guide for Library Media Specialists. Su A. Eckhardt is a district teacher librarian at Cherry Creek Schools, Student Achievement Resource Center in Centennial, CO. Her published works include Action Research: A Guide for Library Media more

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"This book is about how to systematically create the plan that will have your colleagues in your state organization inviting you to speak to them about your wonderful library program. Action research is 'a reflective method of problem solving where the researcher develops specific solutions to specific problems.' Jody Howard and Su Eckhardt guide readers through creating that wonderful program, from the time we are vaguely aware that maybe there might be a better way, to defining the problem, to researching possible solutions, to selling the change to other stakeholders, to evaluating the change. In a few pages they manage to give some concrete examples, in the form of a fictional librarian and her situation. There are sample questions to get the reader thinking in the proper direction. Appendices contain contact information for journals; a sample project for publication; Web resources for action research; and recommended references. Most media specialists know that there is room for improvement in our programs, but we often don't have the time to dig out hundreds of possible improvements, sift through them, and find the one or two that actually work. By setting up a reflective model, Howard and Eckhardt have shown readers how even a one-person library can plan and carry out research-based improvement. Glossary. Index. Recommended." - Library Media Connectionshow more

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