Practitioner research is now in the vanguard of educational development. School administrators and teachers are adding valuable information to the pool of knowledge, and these pioneers are increasingly being recognized for their contributions to the profession.In Studying Your Own School, authors Anderson, Herr, and Nihlen describe the theory and methods for conducting "action-oriented," qualitative practitioner research as they guide educators through the research process. They explain how to adapt traditional research methods to the real-life demands of the dynamic and often-unpredictable classroom environment. The authors' experience ranges from years of practice and research in the classroom to university teaching and anthropological studies. This diversity endows Studying Your Own School with all the strengths of a scholarly work and the everyday applicability of a practitioner's handbook.