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Evaluation and Action Research

An Integrated Framework to Promote Data Literacy and Ethical Practices

Linnea L. Rademaker and Elena Y. Polush

April 2022

ISBN: 9780190921729

312 pages
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254x178mm

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Price: £29.99

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Today's societies require research approaches that are creative, sensitive to cultural and contextual diversity, rooted in engagement and critical dispositions, and situated within local contexts. This book explores the potential of integrating action research and evaluation frameworks to encourage knowledge democracy, data literacy, and ethical practices. Working from the belief that knowledge is created constantly in our world by those in real-world settings and practical contexts, Evaluation and Action Research provides practitioners with an accessible guide to better inform practice and decision making.

  • Presents new framework that integrates action research and evaluation
  • Emphasizes stakeholder inclusion so that leaders and practitioners in different settings can adequately investiage problems in their organization
  • Develops an approach and framework designed to encourage ethical practices and knowledge democracy

About the Author(s)

Linnea L. Rademaker, Professor, School of Educational Leadership, Abilene Christian University, and Elena Y. Polush, Adjunct Professor, School of Educational Leadership, Abilene Christian University

Linnea L. Rademaker is Professor in the School of Educational Leadership at Abilene Christian University. She currently leads educational leadership doctoral students towards completed dissertations and has designed and taught courses in qualitative and action research, as well as organizational evaluation and assessment. Elena Y. Polush is a Lecturer in the School of Educational at Iowa State University. She has been active in teaching research methods, evaluation, and assessment courses since 2009, and she has also conducted extensive evaluation work on the federal and state level.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Chapter 1. Evaluation/Action Research Integrated Framework: Participative and Collaborative
    Chapter 2. Determining a Purpose and a Focus
    Chapter 3. Getting Down to the Design: Determining Our Examination Main Questions and Appropriate Designs
    Chapter 4. Qualitative Data Collection/Quantitative Data Collection; Mixed-Methods Considerations
    Chapter 5. Ethical Challenges in Action Research and Evaluation: Reflecting on Tensions
    Interlude: Preface to Data Analysis and Informing Data Literacy
    Chapter 6. Qualitative Data Analysis
    Chapter 7. Quantitative Data Analysis
    Chapter 8. Mixed-Methods: Integrating Data Analyses to Gain Comprehensive Understanding of Problems, Contexts, and Stakeholder Needs
    Chapter 9. Revisiting Our Integrated Model: Focus on Facilitating Social Justice and Equitable Societies
    Glossary
    References

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