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The Reflective School Counselor's Guide to Practitioner Research : Skills and Strategies for Successful Inquiry - Vicki Brooks-McNamara

The Reflective School Counselor's Guide to Practitioner Research

Skills and Strategies for Successful Inquiry

Paperback Published: 12th November 2007
ISBN: 9781412951104
Number Of Pages: 128

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This practical and timely book guides school counselors through the process of conducting practitioner inquiry projects focused on issues of achievement, opportunity inequities, school culture, and community partnerships. Each chapter includes:

- Suggestions for practical application of the material

- Strategies for ensuring success

- An on-going case study related to the chapter's focus

The book aims to help counselors develop research projects not only to improve specific school programs and student outcomes, but to improve the larger school culture.

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"It is critical that professional school counselors join the ranks of other educators in becoming accountable. This book will help school counselors learn how to use data to both help students better navigate the educational system, and, more importantly, help the school change to better meet the needs of students." -- Peggy Hines, Director
"Kudos to Brooks-McNamara and Torres for writing a text about inquiry for aspiring school counselors! Now more than ever, school counselors must be ready and able to participate in determining and documenting how school initiatives, large and small, impact student performance. My students will be thankful to enter the profession ready to ask questions, collect and analyze data, and challenge practices that may not be serving students well." -- Chris Jensen, Associate Professor
"This text can help any school counselor develop the observation and analytical skills to become a practitioner-inquirer. However, this book is much more than a collection of research techniques-it is a celebration of what is possible when school counselors pursue answers to their own questions about the students with whom they work. I predict this groundbreaking book will become a classic." -- Ruth Shagoury
"Provides a much needed resource and guide for those in the midst of school reform. Brooks-McNamara and Torres present an action research framework that enables school counselors to be central in school decision making to improve the learning and community for all students." -- Nancy G. Nagel, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Education
"Provides a practical and valuable tool for all school counseling professionals trying to align their school counseling program with the ASCA standards." -- Todd E. Ryan, Director of Guidance & Counseling
"Offers a means by which school counselor practices can better support and be more clearly aligned with the educational community and greater schoolwide efforts. A very vital and useful publication." -- Stephanie A. Bierman, School Counselor
"Like the little train that said 'I think I can, I think I can,' this book tells school counselors, 'You can, you can' do research. This book encourages and guides school counselors who have very little time and resources to do research, enabling them to show and tell the differences that result from their programs." -- Angie Stansell, School Counselor
"An excellent outline of skills and strategies for underserved students and their counselors. Chapters provide a framework for gathering data and authenticating results to foster schoolwide change." -- The Bookwatch, December 2007

AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsIntroduction School Counselors Collaborating for High Student Achievement School Culture in the Time of School Reform Tips for Using the Book1. Launching Inquiry: Developing Your Question How We Arrived at This Point Moving Into Inquiry Data Sources Thinking About Thinking Formulating Questions Exploring Your Question Strategies for Success Meet Dianne: An Ongoing Case Study2. Discovering the Territory: Exploring Others' Expertise Why Gather Supporting Information? Exploring Others' Expertise Keeping It Simple Components of the Summary Dianne's Journey Begins3. Getting It Together: Gathering Your Data Ethical Considerations What Data Is Needed? Avenues for Gathering Data School Artifacts The Last Tip: How to Navigate Dead Ends Dianne's Hunch Pays Off4. Sorting It Out: Making Sense of Your Data Descriptive Data as a Powerful Tool Ways to Look at Data Dianne Makes Sense of It All5. Stepping Up: Sharing What You Now Know The Fundamentals Know Your Audience Know Your End Product Inquiry Support Groups Routines The Block Deadlines It's All in the Details Dianne Seeks Support From Key People6. Building Your Learning Community Learning Communities Practitioner Inquiry Suport Team Dianne Brings Parents Into the Learning Community7. Review and Can-Do: Putting It All Together Where's Dianne Now?ReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9781412951104
ISBN-10: 1412951100
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 12th November 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.28

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