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Doing Your Education Research Project

Second Edition


February 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
If you are a trainee teacher or experienced practitioner new to research, or are simply wondering how to get started on your education research project, this practical book will be your guide. The authors offer simple steps to ensure that you ask the key questions in the most effective way possible. The book guides you through the entire research process: from clarifying the context and conceptual background, to presenting and analysing the evidence gathered.

 

Supported by examples, checklists and diagrams, this fully revised and updated edition includes a wealth of information on:

  • Research design
  • Evidence gathering techniques
  • Practitioner research
  • Ethics
  • Data analysis techniques.

This book will be valuable to anyone begining a research or a professional or a professional or school development project, whatever stage they are at within the teaching community, from training for QTS, higher degree, or in need of evidence-backed decisions for the strategic development of their school.


 
PART ONE: THINK BEFORE YOU DO
 
The Place of Research Within the Classroom and School
 
Analysing the Context in Order to Ask the Right Questions
 
Reviewing Existing Theories and Findings
 
PART TWO: GATHERING EVIDENCE: WHAT EVIDENCE, WHO FROM, AND HOW TO COLLECT IT
 
Models of Research
 
Identifying Sources
 
Documentation: Examining Existing Evidence
 
Observing: Individuals, Groups and Environments
 
Direct Questioning: Surveys and Questionnaires
 
A Cyclical Model of Research: Action Research
 
PART THREE: MAKING SENSE OF THE OUTCOMES
 
Collating and Reporting Qualitative Evidence
 
Collating and Presenting Quantitative Evidence
 
Qualitative Data Analysis
 
Quantitative Data Analysis
 
Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations
 
Developing Academic Skills

'Key strengths of this text are its clearly structured layout, and accessible style.  The introductory chapter effectively updates this book, locating it firmly in the current complex and changing environment.

Written specifically for the practitioner-researcher, the book makes clear and explicit links between the practices of teaching, and the practices of education research.  Short case studies throughout are realistic in their message, and will be instantly recognisable to teachers at a range of stages in their careers.

It’s good to see a user-friendly approach to quantitative data analysis for non-mathematicians; something that’s not often found in a book of this nature.'

Dr. Mary McAteer, Director, MaST Programme
Edge Hill University

Suitable for a wide range of researchers. Easily accessible and relevant for practitioners and students

Mrs Linzi McKerr
Institute of Education, University of Worcester
October 7, 2016

A useful and well written book for students writing an individual research project

Mrs Tara Ball
Stoke Campus, Staffordshire University
June 2, 2016

This is a great introductory text for those who want to start doing education research. It is well laid out and focuses on areas of research likely to be useful for practitioners. We are using it with an international audience on our course as it is well presented with easy to understand sections, chapter summaries, references and helpful models.

Dr Phil Kirkman
Faculty of Education, Cambridge University
April 12, 2016

Clearly written book divided into three sections; the planning of data collection (what needs to be considered, the data collection including a subsection on ethical issues that need to be borne in mind and the third section which looks at the analysis of data. Trainees have found all three sections very useful for their research projects

Mr Yvert de Souza
Teacher Development Department, Ealing, Hammersmith & W.London College
September 30, 2015

This is a very useful book for students embarking on a dissertation project, in the area of education.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
June 17, 2015

Useful book for 3 year undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

A well written easily accessible text for students.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
May 8, 2015

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Ms Moira Savage
Institute of Education, Worcester University
April 21, 2015

great for supporting the masters project

Miss Amy Yorke
Health and Social Care, Warrington Collegiate
February 16, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: The Place of Research within the Classroom and School


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