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EDUC 807

Library Assessment for Education 807
The Foundations of Action Research

February 25, 2005

This is the library’s report for the proposed new course Education 807 The Foundations of Action Research. This course will first be offered in Fall 2005 and annually thereafter with an expected enrolment of 18-25 students.

The course proposal included a healthy list of suggested readings, almost all of which are already held at the SFU Library. Copies of the books listed below from the reading list should be acquired for the collection.

Action Research: A Short Modern History / Robin McTaggart. Deakin University Press, 1995. 0-7300-1217-4. $66

Action Research in Education / Ernie Stringer. Prentice Hall, 2003. 0-13-097425-0 $43

Handbook of Research on Teaching, 4 th ed. /Virginia Richardson (Editor). American Educational Research Association, 2001. 0-935302-26-3. $144.

Inside - Outside: Teacher Research and Knowledge / Marilyn Cochran-Smith & Susan L. Lytle (Eds.) Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1998. 0-8077-3235-4. $36

Inside the National Writing Project: Connecting Network Learning and Classroom Teaching / Ann Lieberman & Diane Wood. Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2002. 0-8077-4301-1. $30

Reclaiming the Classroom: Teacher Research As an Agency for Change / Dixie Goswami & Peter R. Stillman (Eds). Heinemann, 1986. 0-86709-065-0. $46.

Teachers at the Center: A Memoir of the Early Years of the National Writing Project / James R. Gray. National Writing Project, 2000. 1-883920-16-7. $19

This Teaching Life: How I Taught Myself to Teach / Selma Wassermann. Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2004. 0-8077-4501-4. $51.

Total one-time cost: $435. This can be covered from existing resources in the library’s budget.

The SFU Library is actively collecting in the subject area covered by this course. SFU Library holdings include over 50 books under the specific Library of Congress Subject Heading “Action Research in Education” including many recent imprints, and a good historical collection. The Library’s holdings on Action Research number over 175 books with hundreds on related topics of teacher research and classroom research.

All the journals on the course reading list are available at the SFU Library.

Cost
There are no new library costs for the Faculty of Education.

Note:  The materials required for this course are located in the WAC Bennett Library on the Burnaby campus.  This assessment is based on the assumption that the course will be offered at SFU’s Burnaby campus.  If the course was to be offered at SFU Surrey or Vancouver, or as an off-campus course, additional Library costs would be incurred.