Middle School Journal
Netcoh, S., Olofson, M. W., Downes, J. M., & Bishop, P. A. (2017). Professional learning with action research in innovative middle schools. Middle School Journal, 48(3), 25-33.
This article illustrates how action research can be used as a model for professional development with middle grades educators in rapidly changing and technology-intensive schools. Drawing upon ten years of using this model, the authors present three examples of educator action research to highlight five characteristics of effective projects: (1) appropriate scope, (2) a collaborative approach, (3) accountability, (4) various data sources, and (5) a clear link to practice. Action research with these characteristics can help middle grades educators address emergent problems in 21st-century class- rooms and respond to the evolving needs of young adolescents.
Netcoh, Steven; Olofson, Mark William; Downes, John Matthew; and Bishop, Penny, "Professional Learning with Action Research in Innovative Middle Schools" (2017). Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education Publications. 18.