Publication Date: June 27, 2010
Series: Practitioner Inquiry Series
This is the first book about action research devoted to the complex issues faced by children with special needs and their teachers. The authors begin by providing the historical and philosophical underpinnings of action research and then present a framework for conducting action research in special education. In addition, they feature four examples of actual teacher-researcher studies, as well as a “how-to” chapter that outlines the basic principles needed for conducting action research. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in using action research to enhance student achievement and to address issues of social justice faced by children with special needs.
Susan M. Bruce is an associate professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, with a focus on special education. Gerald J. Pine (deceased) was a professor emeritus at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College.
“This is exactly what we should be doing. By reading specific inquiry projects, teachers are invited to not only learn from these preservice teachers, but also embark on their own inquiries.”
—Celia Oyler, Teachers College, Columbia University