Sara Efrat Efron, EdD, is Professor of Education and Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy at National Louis University. Her areas of interest include teacher research, mentoring, and moral and democratic education in times of crisis. Dr. Efron is coauthor, with Ruth Ravid, of Writing the Literature Review and Action Research in Education, Second Edition. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles and presents widely at national and international conferences. She has also written several foreign-language instruction books for middle and high school students. Ruth Ravid, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Education at National Louis University. Her areas of interest include educational research, action research, assessment, and school-university collaboration. Dr. Ravid has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books, including Writing the Literature Review and Action Research in Education, Second Edition, both coauthored with Sara Efrat Efron.
This is an excellent introductory text for the novice action researcher. The authors cover both qualitative and quantitative methods and offer advice on using already existing assessment data in action research studies. The text is practical and applicable to a wide variety of educational contexts. --Linnea Rademaker, PhD, School of Educational Leadership, Abilene Christian University A solid overview of the essential components of action research, presented in a scholarly yet reader-friendly way. This text is excellent for our Master of Literacy program. It clearly depicts the six cyclical steps of action research, showing how research can continuously build our understanding of what works and what needs to be changed or adjusted. Unlike other action research texts that align only with qualitative research, the book discusses fundamentals of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The authors' emphasis on using the research questions to determine the research method(s) acknowledges the complexity of practitioner-based research. Practical and empowering, this book describes not only how to identify problems in educational settings, but also how to seek solutions through the cycle of research. --Cheryl A. Kreutter, PhD, School of Education, State University of New York at Geneseo I used this book for several years as the primary text for an online graduate course, Action Research, which serves as a capstone for master's of education students. From the opening pages, the authors set the stage for understanding action research as an important approach to making classroom decisions based on systematically collected data. The pedagogical features such as vignettes and exercises are a strength of the book. There is a clear attempt to access textual, visual, and hands-on channels of learning. Self-quizzes allow for guided review. --John H. Yoder, PhD, Core Faculty in Education (retired), Concordia University-Portland I have reviewed a number of action research texts, and, time and again, I return to Efron and Ravid's book. It is simply the best available. With excellent content and depth, the text guides educators to conduct cycles of inquiry in their schools. It includes rich examples, tables, and figures to illustrate key concepts, as well as checklists to support action researchers. --Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, PhD, Division of Research, Discovery, and Innovation, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro The book contains everything that I need in terms of content--it is a great introduction to action research. The writing style is its biggest strength. Many students are nervous about beginning to do research, and this book helps by presenting a step-by-step approach. --Eugene Geist, PhD, Department of Teacher Education, Ohio University