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Qualitative and Action Research: A Practitioner Handbook


reviewed by Allan Feldman — 2001

coverTitle: Qualitative and Action Research: A Practitioner Handbook
Author(s): Michael P. Grady
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington
ISBN: 0873678087, Pages: 55, Year: 1988
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If teachers are to do research in their classrooms, schools and communities, how will they know how to do it? One way is that they can consult a book that describes, step-by-step, how to engage in systematic inquiry. Michael Grady's book, Qualitative and Action Research: A Practitioner Handbook, is designed to serve as a tool that teachers can refer to as they learn how to do classroom research. Structurally it is quite straightforward: In the introductory chapter Grady defines qualitative research as a set of methods that are used to answer questions that ask "Why?" In this chapter he also compares qualitative research with quantitative research. In the following chapters he describes research design and data collection methods, data analysis, and ways to report research results. He concludes with a chapter on action research. While this book can be of use to practitioners who seek a brief introduction to research, I have three issues with the book. The first is that in his comparison between qualitative... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 90-93
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10522, Date Accessed: 10/2/2014 12:23:24 AM

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  • Allan Feldman
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Allan Feldman is an associate professor of science education and teacher education in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Refereed journal articles include: “Decision making in the prac-tical domain: A model of practical conceptual change,” Science Education (in press) and “The Role of Conversation in Collaborative Action Research,” Educational Action Research, (1999) 7(1), 125–144. Current research includes the Minds-On Physics High School Curriculum Evaluation Project.
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