How to Read and Understand Educational Research
- James Williams - University of Sussex, UK
How do education students effectively interpret the research that underpins much of their learning? How do they judge whether results are valid or relevant?
This is the perfect guide to engaging with educational research. It explores how to read journal articles critically; what key academic terms really mean; different approaches to educational research, how they are used and what they aim to uncover, and how high quality findings can be meaningful for teaching and learning.
Supported by examples that demonstrate the use (and misuse) of research in education, this is essential reading for initial teacher education students at all levels (BA(Ed), PGCE, School Direct), students on any undergraduate or postgraduate course underpinned by educational research literature.
I will be recommending this title for my reading lists. It is a clear and supportive read for undergraduate students.
I think this text offers an interesting introductory set of linked chapters to help students get going - a wide range of topics dealt with clearly and briefly - always a helpful thing in early stages
A well structured book that helps to gain an understanding of some of the key elements of social science research. The author uses examples which helps to make sense of the information, and explains concepts in a straightforward way. I feel the text would be useful alongside a research methods text to help students understand some of the ideas.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The hierarchy of research publications