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Living the Questions (Second Edition)

A Guide for Teacher-Researchers

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Teacher research is an extension of good teaching, observing students closely, analyzing their needs, and adjusting the curriculum to fit the needs of all. In this completely updated second edition of their definitive work, Ruth Shagoury and Brenda Miller Power present a framework for teacher research along with an extensive collection of narratives from teachers engaged in the process of designing and carrying out research projects to inform their instruction.

This edition includes a greater variety of short contributions from a wide range of teacher-researchers -- novices and veterans from all backgrounds and parts of the country -- who speak to the growing diversity in today’s classrooms. Threaded throughout the chapters and narratives is a discussion of the emergence of digital tools and their effect on both teaching and the research process, along with an expanded number of research designs.

The book has three primary components: 1.Chapters written by the authors explaining key elements of the research process: finding questions, designing projects, data collection and analysis, and more 2.Research activities that enable readers to try out the featured strategies and techniques 3.Teacher-researcher essays in which teachers share details of completed projects and discuss the impact they have had in their classrooms.

Living the Questions, Second Edition: A Guide for Teacher-Researchers will take you step-by-step through the process of designing, implementing, and publishing your research. Along the way, it will introduce you to dozens of kindred spirits who are finding new passion for teaching by "living the questions" every day in their classrooms. You will be reminded of why you became a teacher yourself.

About the Author(s)

Brenda Power was born in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of a teacher and engineer. She received her bachelor and master's degrees from Michigan State University, and her doctorate from the University of New Hampshire, where she worked with Donald Graves, Donald Murray, and Thomas Newkirk.

Ruth Shagoury (formerly Ruth Shagoury Hubbard) can't imagine anything more fascinating than exploring the minds of children and adolescents as they grow as readers, writers, and language users.

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Chapter 1: Why Teacher Research?
Chapter 2: Questions Evolving
Chapter 3: Research Designs
Chapter 4: Harvesting Data
Chapter 5: What Likes What? Data Analysis
Chapter 6: Citing a Tea Bag: When Researchers Read
Chapter 7: Honest Labor: Writing Up Research
Chapter 8: Sustaining Research: Building and Extending Research Communities
Epilogue: Why Not Teacher Research?
Appendix: Teacher-Research Designs

Product Details

Media: 304 pp/paper
Year: 2012
Item No: WEB-0846
ISBN: 978-157110-846-3
Grade Range: K-12