Using Action Research to Seek the Unknown (Summer 2013)

In the summer 2013 issue of YALS, school librarian Courtney Lewis explains how she used action research to determine the recreational reading habits of teens. In her article, Courtney notes that Jody K. Howard and Su A Eckhardt in their book Action Research: A Guide for Library Media Specialists describe action research this way:

“…rather than designing a complex survey, accounting for a million variables and using statistical software, a librarian instead relies on her expertise and that of her colleagues to design an instrument which collects quantitative and qualitative data that will help give a comprehensive snapshot of a specific environment and help determine a course of action, preferably with data that can be shared with co-workers.

Fortunately, Courtney is willing to let others learn from the work that she’s done. You can view her original survey results and find out what Courtney learned:
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Summer 2013 Issue: Teen Reading

summer 2013 yals cover - teen readingIn just a few days you’ll find in your mailbox the latest issue of YALS. Summer 2013 is all about teen reading and includes articles on:

  • How to use action research to discover what teens really want to read and how to tie that into Teen Read Week
  • Young adults in trans* lit
  • Religion and spirituality in young adult literature
  • Fan fiction and fan culture
  • Transmedia
  • Genrefying library collections

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