Craig Mertler

Associate Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3151
Assoc Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3151

Biography

Craig A. Mertler is currently an associate professor and director of the EdD program in leadership and innovation at Arizona State University. He began his career as a high school biology teacher. He has been an educator for 32 years including 22 years in higher education and 9 years as an administrator (department chair, doctoral program director, and education dean) at Bowling Green State University, the University of West Georgia, and Lynn University.

Professor Mertler teaches courses that focus on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, job-embedded professional development, research methods, statistical analyses, and educational assessment methods. He has served as the research methodology expert on more than 100 doctoral dissertations and master's theses.

Professor Mertler is the author of 22 books, eight invited book chapters, and 20 refereed journal articles. He has presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings. Mertler conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals at all levels on classroom-based action research, and on the topics of classroom assessment, assessment literacy, and data-driven educational decision making. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, professional learning communities, and classroom teachers' assessment literacy. Mertler is currently studying teachers' perceptions of action research in schools, in terms of the impact it has on the professional learning, growth, and development, and collaboration skills.

Education

  • Ph.D. Educational Evaluation and Measurement (Educational Research and Evaluation), Florida State University 1996
  • M.A. Educational Research and Evaluation, The Ohio State University 1992
  • Teacher Certification Program Bowling Green State University, Biological Science and General Science (grades 7-12) 1986
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, minor: General Science, Bowling Green State University, Ohio 1985

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Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • What are teachers perceptions of the impact that classroom-based action research has on their teaching, student learning, and student outcomes?
  • How does classroom-based action research influence teachers individual growth and development?

Current Research Projects:

As a result of conducting workshops for in-service educational professionals (across P-20) on classroom-based action research, Mertler is currently studying teachers' perceptions of action research in schools, in terms of the impact it has on the professional learning, growth and development, and collaboration skills.

Publications

Mertler, C. A. (2018). Action research communities: Professional learning, empowerment, and improvement through collaborative action research. London/New York: Routledge

Mertler, C. A. (2017). Action research: Improving schools and empowering educators (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mertler, C. A., & Hartley, A. J.  (2017).  Classroom-based, teacher-led action research as a process for enhancing teaching and learning.  Journal of Educational Leadership in Action, 4(2).  Available online: http://www.lindenwood.edu/academics/beyond-the-classroom/publications/journal-of-educational-leadership-in-action/all-issues/volume-4-issue-2/faculty-articles/mertler/

Mertler, C. A., & Vannatta, R. A. (2017). Advanced and multivariate statistical methods: Practical application and interpretation (6th ed.). London/New York: Routledge. 

Mertler, C. A. (2016). Leading and facilitating educational change through action research learning communities. Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, 3(3), 1-11. Retrieved from: http://www.cojeel.org.

Mertler, C. A. (2016). Should I stay or should I go? Understanding teacher motivation, job satisfaction, and perceptions of retention among Arizona teachers. International Research in Higher Education, 1(2). 34-45. doi:10.5430/irhe.v1n2p. 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 792Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 706Intro to Doc Studies
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 706Intro to Doc Studies
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 706Intro to Doc Studies
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 706Intro to Doc Studies

Editorships

Mertler, C. A.  (Ed.). (in progress). The handbook of action research in education. Boston, MA: Wiley.

Professional Associations

Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA); Member, Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA); Chair, Action Research SIG of AERA (2016-2018)