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Research Methods in Education

Research Methods in Education

First Edition

October 2011 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


Research Methods in Education introduces research methods as an integrated set of techniques for investigating questions about the educational world. This lively, innovative text helps students connect technique and substance, appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and make ethical research decisions. It weaves actual research "stories" into the presentation of research topics, and it emphasizes validity, authenticity, and practical significance as overarching research goals.

The text is divided into three sections: Foundations of Research (five chapters), Research Design and Data Collection (seven chapters), and Analyzing and Reporting Data (three chapters). This tripartite conceptual framework honors traditional quantitative approaches while reflecting the growing popularity of qualitative studies, mixed method designs, and school-based techniques. This approach provides a comprehensive, conceptually unified, and well-written introduction to the exciting but complex field of educational research.

Part I. Foundations of Research
1. Science, Schooling, and Educational Research
Learning About the Educational World  
The Educational Research Approach  
Educational Research Philosophies  
2. The Process and Problems of Educational Research
Educational Research Questions  
Educational Research Basics  
The Role of Educational Theory  
Educational Research Goals  
Educational Research Proposals, Part I  
3. Ethics in Research
Historical Background  
Ethical Principles  
4. Conceptualization and Measurement
Measurement Operations  
Levels of Measurement  
Evaluating Measures  
5. Sampling
Sample Planning  
Sampling Methods  
Sampling Distributions  
Part II. Research Design and Data Collection
6. Causation and Research Design
Causal Explanation  
Criteria for Causal Explanations  
Types of Research Designs  
True Experimental Designs  
Quasi-Experimental Designs  
Threats to Validity in Experimental Designs  
7. Evaluation Research
What Is Evaluation Research?  
What Can an Evaluation Study Focus On?  
How Can the Program Be Described? Creating a Program Logic Model  
What Are the Alternatives in Evaluation Design?  
Ethical Issues in Evaluation Research  
8. Survey Research
Why Is Survey Research So Popular?  
Errors in Survey Research  
Questionnaire Design  
Writing Questions  
Survey Design Alternatives  
Combining Methods  
Survey Research Design in a Diverse Society  
Ethical Issues in Survey Research  
9. Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
Fundamentals of Qualitative Research  
Participant Observation  
Intensive Interviewing  
Focus Groups  
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods  
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research  
10. Single-Subject Design
Foundations of Single-Subject Design  
Measuring Targets of Intervention  
Types of Single-Subject Designs  
Analyzing Single-Subject Designs  
Ethical Issues in Single-Subject Design  
11. Mixing and Comparing Methods and Studies
Mixed Methods  
Comparing Reserch Designs  
Performing Meta-Analyses  
12. Teacher Research and Action Research
Teacher Research: Three Case Studies  
Teacher Research: A Self-Planning Outline for Creating Your Own Project  
Action Research and How It Differs From Teacher Research  
Validity and Ethical Issues in Teacher Research and Action Research  
Part III. Analyzing and Reporting Data
13. Quantitative Data Analysis
Why We Need Statistics  
Preparing Data for Analysis  
Displaying Univariate Distributions  
Summarizing Univariate Distributions  
Relationships (Associations) Among Variables  
Presenting Data Ethically: How Not to Lie With Statistics  
14. Qualitative Data Analysis
Features of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis  
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis  
Ethics in Qualitative Data Analysis  
15. Proposing and Reporting Research
Educational Research Proposals, Part II  
Reporting Research  
Ethics, Politics, and Research Reports  
Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix C: Finding Information, by Elizabeth Schneider and Russell K. Schutt
Appendix D: Table of Random Numbers
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

Brilliant well-written book. Easy to read students enjoyed this book and supported their learning.

Miss Natasha Hassan
Dept of Education, Bolton University
November 8, 2017

Loved the examples and the additional resources.

Dr Meca Williams-Johnson
Curric Foundations Read Dept, Georgia Southern University
February 29, 2016

This book provides a comprehensive guide for students undertaking reseach within education with text and structure that is both easy to follow and understand
I would definitely recommend this text to students undertaking reseach.

Mrs Jacqui Creed
Dept of Allied Health (Peterborough), Anglia Ruskin University
June 2, 2014

A good resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Spyros Themelis
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
February 5, 2014

More for an undergrad audience not post grad, But very good to refresh existing knowledge and keeping up to date

Dr Linda Barlow-Meade
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
August 15, 2013

It seemed straightforward and was priced well for students

Dr Kathy Hayes
Applied Adv Stds Education Div, California State University - Los Angeles
May 30, 2013

A very well written book that should be of interest to learners. I have highly recommended it to students but given the current economic climate, cannot insist on an essential status

Dr Gordon Ade-ojo
Lifelong learning teacher education, Greenwich University
February 13, 2013

This book is very comprehensive. All chapters are enough detailed for students. Especially, the appendicies are very usefull for teachers and students.
For example, App. A (Questions to ask about reseacrh article) and App. B (How to read a research article) have critical importance for all researchers, master and doctoral students.
And also, In my opinion, Using the web site of the book (Instructor Teaching Site) can support students' effective learning, increase the course quality and make to easy the course management.
I will recommend Research Method in Education as supplemental book in my course at this term

Educational Admin , Gaziantep University
January 22, 2013

A good book for those in the early stages of research methods for education. Clearly written with simplicity in mind which takes you nicely through the different stages of research.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
December 18, 2012

A comprehensive book on research methods which will give students a good grounding in the field of educational research. The chapters are easy to read and information is easy to locate. I would recommend this book for students starting their research project/ dissertation. This book is useful for students to supplement their reading list for the foundation degree too.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Early Years, Stourbridge College
November 11, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Case-Study Approach: Each chapter introduces a substantive research question and then shows how the particular research methods presented in that chapter have been used to develop answers to that question—connecting the practical issues of educational research to the methods used to develop substantive knowledge.
  • Research Questions: Emphasis on research questions throughout the text helps students to understand what they are, why they are important, and how they work.
  • Themes: Each chapter has an interesting, overarching thematic issue or topic- illustrated by real data- that teaches students the concepts and methods in an applied fashion.
  • Readability: The language used is straightforward and accessible, with many illustrations and examples in every chapter.
  • Ethics: A full chapter on ethics (Chapter 3) is included and complemented in the chapters that follow by end-of-chapter exercises applying ethics to the topic at hand.
  • Ancillaries: The book is supported by a student study site featuring journal articles, web quizzes, video clips, and grade-level specific interactive exercises using real research examples. Also available is a password-protected instructor resources site featuring test banks, PowerPoint slides, lecture outlines, and more.

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