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Guiding School Improvement with Action Research

by Richard Sagor

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Chapter 4. Teaching: A Complex Process

Chapter 3 identified two key reasons to make action research a part of our school improvement work:

  • The need to make teaching a more “professional” pursuit
  • The motivational power of data for building teacher efficacy
This chapter examines two current trends that make investing in teacher research imperative:
  • The increased diversity of our student bodies
  • The high-stakes consequences of the standards movement

For people who don't enjoy a challenge, choosing to become a teacher is the worst possible career decision. Nothing in the schoolhouse works easily or smoothly. In fact, few if any schools can claim to perform as consistently as NASA's space shuttle. This isn't because the space shuttle is a simple machine—which it isn't—but because success in education, like all other human endeavors, is influenced by an infinite array of variables.


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