Improving Literacy Instruction With Classroom Research
- Theresa A. Deeney - University of Rhode Island, USA
Leadership & Management | Literacy, K-12
"Filled with reflective questions, keen insights, and helpful resources, this engaging book supports both novice and veteran classroom researchers. At the heart of all of the research is how best to support, engage, and extend learners. As teachers read the clearly delineated steps, they will be energized to confidently engage in their own classroom research."
—Cheryl L. Dozier, Assistant Professor
University at Albany, State University of New York
Implement classroom research to develop effective practices in literacy instruction!
Teaching reading skills effectively can be a complex and challenging process for many educators. Theresa A. Deeney provides a detailed primer that illustrates how to create and implement classroom research projects focused on assessing and strengthening literacy instruction.
Improving Literacy With Classroom Research presents a comprehensive overview of the classroom research cycle, which involves noticing a problem, initiating an inquiry, planning for and implementing change, analyzing and reflecting on the results, and developing an action plan. The author includes:
- Guidelines, charts, tables, and information to help educators initiate their own projects
- Recommendations for collecting and analyzing data
- Research about five core areas of reading instruction—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
- Examples of authentic teacher research projects focused on literacy skills and instructional practices
This guide shows how to use teacher inquiry and reflection to bring about significant improvements in literacy instruction.
"Deeney's engaging but rigorous text provides teachers with the perfect and indispensable tool for increasing professionalism in the complex field of literacy education. By focusing on both the product and the process of classroom inquiry, Deeney has gifted us with a resource that not only tells us how to do classroom research, but why we must value it to improve our practice."
"Filled with reflective questions, keen insights, and helpful resources, this engaging book supports both novice and veteran classroom researchers. We see thought-provoking inquiries on comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development as teachers research their current classroom practices, assessments, and district mandates. At the heart of all of the research is how best to support, engage, and extend learners. As teachers read the clearly delineated steps, they will be energized to confidently conduct their own classroom research."
“This book will be very helpful for discussing research and classroom teachers as researchers. The author provides good examples of doing qualitative research in the classroom using authentic teaching events.”
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: What Is Classroom Research?